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How to Manage Repetitive Behavior in Alzheimer's Disease From Carrie Hill, PhD,
As Alzheimer's disease progresses, your loved one might start repeating a sound, word, question, or action over and over again. While this is usually harmless, it can be extremely unnerving for caregivers



People with dementia may repeatedly say or do something over and over again. For example, they may repeat a word or question or pace back and forth. Suggestions: Try accepting the behavior if it causes no harm or redirecting it to a harmless or even useful activity if necessary.

Repeating the same words or phrases again and again
As the disease progressively impairs cognitive function, the person with dementia will increasingly have trouble communicating verbally and understanding what has been said.

Those who interact with the person may recognize some of the following changes:
Difficulty finding the right words
Repeating the same words or phrases again and again
Substituting words that sound similar
Inventing new words to describe familiar objects
Easily losing train of thought
Difficulty organizing words logically
Reverting to speaking in a native language
Using curse words (a strange quirk of diseases that sap language skills)
Speaking less often, or even not at all
Relying more on nonverbal gestures to compensate
Trouble understanding conversation, questions and instructions

The site offer tips for connecting with Alzheimer's patients whose neurodegenerative brain disease makes communication a constant struggle for them and a crucial challenge for caregivers.

Tips for Dealing with Specific Dementia Problematic Behaviors
Carrie Hill, Ph.D. and Natalie Reiss, Ph.D


Repetitive speech or actions
Alzheimer's patient may repeat their words or actions. This requires patience on your part. Reminding them that they just said or did a certain thing does not help.
Sometimes ignoring the repetitions can help, as long as you've determined that there is no harm in doing so. Try using signs that have the time for meals written on them, or simple directions to the bathroom. Avoid discussing plans for an event too far in advance.

You will need to rule out any medical problems by discussing this symptom with the doctor


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