“It’s about to drive me nuts,” you think, when your Alzheimer’s parent repeats the same information or asks the same question time after time after time, with, if you’re lucky, five minutes duration between.
However, this is the nature of the disease at some point. With some it lasts for several months; others persist for only a short time. I discovered, it helped me develop patience.
Auntie and Mother couldn’t help it. They didn’t recall they’d asked that question or made that comment. They often didn’t register the answer I gave them.
- Try to divert their attention
- Ignore them
- Involve another family member
- Give them a doll or stuffed toy to talk to
- Learn to turn it to laughter
What do you do to get through this stage of Alzheimer’s with your family member?