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Repetitive Questions/ Stories | Management Strategies

  1. In order to help the person you care for be aware of time and date, make it a habit to speak of the day and the month each day. Hanging a calendar by the bed or in the bathroom may help to orient the person you care for if they are in the habit of checking off the days. Using stickers to denote certain activities can also help.

  2. A whiteboard (blank piece of paper) listing the day, date, and planned activities or appointments will help the person you care for understand their day. Discussing the daily schedule as well as displaying it will help the person you care for feel oriented.

  3. Sometimes it may be helpful to try and change the subject of the conversation to a topic that you know the person you care for finds interesting. This might get their mind off of their question.

  4. Try and recognize that there may be an underlying reason for their repetitions. It may be that they are anxious or worried about a particular event. For example, if they need to know what time it is, maybe they are anxious about you leaving the house. Perhaps if you reassure them that you are not leaving for a long time, the need to know what time it is will not be as important to them.

  5. Repetition may be related to the time of day and number of people around the person you care for. If you can recognize this, keep them occupied with alternate activities during those particular times of day and keep the number of people to a minimum.

  6. Reduce your own stress level by scheduling a break. Having a visitor or a regular television show will help to give you time to compose yourself. Without this, you may become frustrated and upset which will only exaggerate the problem.

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