If you are serving as a caregiver to a loved one with dementia, you may be expecting certain symptoms. We can often anticipate forgetfulness, agitated behavior and wandering. These symptoms can be difficult to deal with, but there are some others that come with dementia, such as the likelihood of repeating things multiple times or asking the same questions over and over. While this may be annoying, it’s important to find ways to address it effectively in order to make your loved one happy, and help you reduce stress.
According to Cydney Hansen, Marketing Director, at CountryHouse, a memory care community in Granite Bay, CA, those with dementia can’t help repeating themselves. “While it may sometimes feel as though your loved one is asking the same question multiple times simply to get on your nerves, that’s just not the reality,” says Cydney. “There are a number of reasons why they may repeat themselves or repeat the questions they ask, and it’s best to be patient and treat them with respect and dignity.”
Reasons Why Seniors with Dementia Repetitively Ask Questions
Many times, the reason why seniors repeat themselves is simple. Try to consider when they repeat themselves the most and put the links together. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Anxiety. If they are prone to repetition when there are new people around or they are going somewhere new, repeating themselves might be their way of dealing with it. Do your best to comfort them and let them know you are there and they are safe. If possible, ask them to tell you about a past event that they remember well or listen to songs they used to love to keep their mind busy.
- Their changing memory. Your loved one may have simply forgotten that they had asked a question multiple times before or could have forgotten your answer, prompting them to ask again.
- Agitation or stress. Is your loved one uncomfortable? This can often make them ask the same question repeatedly. Are you somewhere that they aren’t used to being? If they ask when you are going home repeatedly, that’s a sign that they aren’t comfortable and want to call it a day.
The reason seniors with dementia repeat themselves may not have to do with memory either, though is mostly does. It is possible that your loved one may not have heard you, especially if they are dealing with hearing issues or are on multiple medications that can also confuse them. If you begin to notice this becoming more of an issue, talk to their doctor, as these underlying causes may be treatable.
Addressing Repetitive Questioning
The way caregivers respond to repetitive questioning can make all the difference in their loved one’s care. The Alzheimer’s Association® provides a number of effective tactics to improve communication and address these repetitive behaviors.
- Find the reason why. Like we stated above, sometimes the answer to why repetition occurs is because of certain people or places. The Alzheimer’s Association’s article also states that certain times of day can increase repetition, as can the need to communicate something.
- Pay attention to emotions. Before getting frustrated with your loved one, consider how they are feeling. Think about their feelings about their surroundings and their situation, taking the time to consider this may allow you to provide a more calming answer.
- Be sure to answer them. When they ask a question, do not ignore them. If you have to repeat the same thing multiple times, the Alzheimer’s Association suggests writing it down and putting it in a prominent place for your loved one to see.
- Refrain from getting upset. Getting upset about repeating yourself will only cause your loved one more agitation. Take some time to relax and calm down, take a deep breath before answering. Reach out to others for advice on how to deal with repetitive behavior if need be.
- Divert their attention. If nothing helps keep your loved one from asking the same questions, find something else to do. The article states that engaging your loved one in a meaningful activity can aid in preventing boredom, which can often make them ask questions multiple times.
For expert advice and support on how to deal with repetitive behaviors, we encourage you to contact our team at CountryHouse at Granite Bay.
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