Repetition of questions or actions can be particularly stressful. This is often one of the first challenging behaviours evident in those with dementia. A frequent cause of repetition is impaired memory for recent events. Individuals with dementia may repeat questions or stories because they do not remember telling the stories or asking the questions. By observing the individual, try to identify triggers for these behaviours and develop strategies to eliminate the triggers from the patient's routine. Let's start by looking at an example.
Click the icon below to view a scenario involving repetition. While viewing, note the strategies used by the caregiver in this situation.