How to Use "Change" to Cope With Dementia Repetition

Is hearing constant repetition -- of questions, stories, inane comments -- grinding your patience to fine powder? We know you know it's the dementia doing the talking. But that doesn't make it much easier to deal with. What does: Changing something about the situation (or its trigger) to jar the person to a new topic.

What you can try:

  • Change the scenery. Go to another room. Sit in different chairs. This could take a particular object triggering a memory out of the person's line of vision, for example.

  • Change the topic. Try posing a question yourself or picking a topic you know to be a favorite, such as something from childhood, the local ball club, food.

  • Change the activity. Play music, have a snack, take a walk, offer a card game or puzzle.

Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio