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Repetitive behaviour

People with dementia sometimes ask the same question over and over again. They may not remember asking the question or the answer you gave, because of short-term memory loss. They may also be feeling insecure, and such repetitive behaviour may be comforting. Do your best to find out what the person is feeling.

  • Try to be patient and tactful
  • Help the person to find the answer herself. If she's asking the time, for instance, and she's able to read the time, ask her to look at the clock
  • Try to distract her with an activity

If you are feeling irritated, think about leaving the room for a while, giving the person with dementia something to do. By the time you come back, he or she may have forgotten the question altogether.