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Tactics to Help with Repetition
Sep 30, 2014

If you are involved with the care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia you may notice they exhibit the behaviours of repetition.  

Below are tactics to help you with repetition:

  • Encourage your loved one to find the answer to the question they keep repeating.
  • Your loved one may become anxious about future events, which can lead to repetition—avoid mentioning the trip until a short time before it takes place.
  • Reassure your loved one that they are safe and loved.
  • Try letting the repetitive actions run their course.
  • Ask your loved one to tell you more about their concerns—sometimes drawing out the conversation can stop the repetition.
  • If your loved one is using repetitive phrases or movements, this can be due to a noisy or stressful surroundings or boredom.
  • Keep your loved one engaged in activities they used to enjoy.
  • Try distracting your loved one with their favourite treat or song when they are repeating words or questions.
  • If your loved one becomes fixated on an object, distract them and remove.


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