Mar 7, 2014

Why do dementia patients ask the same questions over and over?

Alzheimer's patient often ask the same questions over and over. Repetition and Alzheimer's is a big problem for Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers.

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Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

You should ask yourself,
  • Does the repetition occur around certain people?
  • Does the repetition occur in certain surroundings?
  • Does the repetition occur at a certain time during the day?
  • Does the repetition occur around sundown?
  • Is the person trying to communicate something beyond the obvious when this behavior occurs?

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Learning How to Communicate with Someone Living with Alzheimer's

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Excerpt from the article:

One thing that drives Alzheimer's caregivers crazy is repetitive questions and repetitive behavior. I know this from the number of emails I receive on this issue, and the number of comments we get on the issue.

It is clear to me that a large fraction of patients with Alzheimer's disease ask the same things over and over, and do the same thing over and over. I understand how disconcerting this can be -- I was there once upon a time.

It took me a long time to understand this repetitive behavior and adjust to it. I am looking at my Leonardo da Vinci pad and some of my bunkhouse notes.

One question I asked myself, why am I allowing this behavior to drive me crazy?

I know its going to continue to happen everyday until I figure out how to do something about it.

Why can't I accept that this is part of the reality of living with someone who has Alzheimer's disease?

Why can't I accept this as a "normal" part of everyday living with Alzheimer's?

What can I do about it?

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Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized Influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. The Alzheimer's Reading Knowledge Base contains more than 4,600 articles, and the ARR has more than 343,000 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room