How to Handle Repetitive Questions from People Living with Dementia
Dear Carol: It’s still morning but since my mom has dementia and lives with me, I’ve already answered the same question five times. She’ll get stuck on one topic and can’t let it go. This week it’s, “Have we started preparing for Thanksgiving, yet? “I tell her no, it’s spring so it’s far too early, but she asks again ten minutes later. I understand this is caused by her short-term memory loss so at first, I’m pretty good about patiently answering. After a while, though, it really gets to me, and… Dear KS: You know you aren’t alone, but I’m reminding you, anyway. Caregivers start out being kind, then continue with grueling patience, but eventually, some very human irritation can become evident. As with most dementia-care situations, it’s vital to stay calm and offer reassurance, but understanding what’s behind the behavior can also help. Short-term memory loss is the most obvious reason for repeating questions, but anxiety, stress, discomfort, generalized confusion, or even…
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