Alzheimer's Disease and Repetitive Behavior

Alzheimer's is a brain disorder that causes issues with behavior, memory, and thinking. This brain disorder is prevalent and affects more than 3 million elderly people per year in the US. If you are a caregiver to someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, then you know just how debilitating it can be. 

Alzheimers disease and repetitive behavior in seniors

How Long do the 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Last? 

Caregivers often ask how long the seven stages of Alzheimer's last. There is no one right answer because the stages are different for everyone. For some, the disease may progress slowly while or others; it can go rapidly. Behavioral changes typically escalate in the later stages of the disease. 

Alzheimer's Repetitive Behavior Symptoms

Repetition is quite familiar with Alzheimer's, and as the disease progresses, it may become worse. Behavioral symptoms that become worse are generally present in the last stages of the disease. Specific techniques are advised for dealing with dementia problematic behaviors

Repetition can present in different forms. The first type of repetition may be verbal. Verbal repetition can be asking the same question multiple times. Although regularly asking someone the same questions may be frustrating, it is essential to show patience and understanding. People who ask the same question repeatedly may be dealing with insecurity, anxiety, or just trying to cope. 

There are also repetitive physical behaviors that can take place. Actions can include wandering off multiple times and not being able to find their way back. There are also repetitive behaviors that include folding and unfolding garments, rechecking things numerous times, and tapping. 

How to Deal with Repetitive Behavior 

  • Try to overlook the behavior and focus on the emotion. Yes, it is easy to react to the action, but you must understand how the person is feeling.
  • Have patience and stay calm. Use a gentle, calm voice and do not argue. 
  • Provide answers to questions that are asked. By providing solutions, you are helping to dispel anxiety and frustration. 
  • Use activities to keep your Alzheimer's parent involved and from being bored. 
  • Be accepting of the behavior if it is not harmful. Accepting the behavior and working with it makes it less stressful for everyone. 
  • Join a support group and share your experience with others. Providing full-time caregiving can be draining, so connecting with others that are also caring for an elderly Alzheimer's patient is an excellent way to show and receive support. Having others understand what you're going through helps relieve stress and be understood. 

Caregiver Burnout Prevention

Providing caregiving to a loved one with Alzheimer's can be exhausting and draining. The demands of everyday life mustn't become too much. Respite care services are usually offered by senior care providers to caregivers to help prevent caregiver burnout.

There is nothing wrong with bringing in some outside help or having your loved one visit a program offered for the elderly or have Alzheimer's. Caregivers taking time out for themselves is needed and should never be overlooked. There will be appointments that need to happen, and there will also be times when you need to take a break and recharge your batteries.