Uses Nonsense Speech

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When it happens

Severe-stage dementia

Why it happens

The ability to form thoughts and then make words decreases as the parts of the brain responsible for processing most forms of communication are increasingly affected. Some people utter random, inappropriate words. Some speak in a sing-song manner, though the words may be unintelligible.

What you can do

  • Don't bother encouraging the person to enunciate or to stop; the sounds that come out are largely involuntarily.

  • See if you can connect moods to the speech. For example, someone may take to muttering angry nonsense words when upset, or sing a pleasant string of nonsense words when relatively happy.