Growing up you probably heard your parents say “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times…”.
families experiencing the repetitive behaviors that are often exhibited
in people with Alzheimer’s, it may seem that Mom or Dad literally is
telling us things a million times.
Repetition is one of the most
common behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, it is rarely
harmful, but it can be exhausting for those who constantly hear or
witness the same things from a loved one, day in and day out.
is generally believed that repetitive behaviors are caused by the person
with Alzheimer’s need for familiarity, comfort and security, so showing
impatience with repetitive behaviors often does more harm than good.
Instead, at Home Instead Senior Care serving the Southeast Valley, these are some of the things we keep in mind when coping with repetitive behaviors.
on the reason or the emotion behind the repetition, rather than the
behavior. For example, if a woman with Alzheimer’s is constantly
applying lipstick, perhaps she is yearning for a time when she had more
of a reason to primp.
2. Provide an answer every time. As
frustrating as it might be for you to answer the same question over and
over, think about how frustrating it must be to not know the answer.
memory aids. For many families living with Alzheimer’s, Post-It notes
are practically wallpaper. Stick them around the house to answer FAQs
like “Your dinner is in the fridge;” or “Alex Trebek is on at 6.”
ways to work with the behavior. If a veteran has a habit of saluting
but refuses to take a bath, incorporate his military memories into your
routine by saying something like, “The General is coming so we all have
to be ship-shape.”
For more information, please contact Home Instead Senior Care serving the Southeast Valley at 480-827-4343 or Like us on Facebook.
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