A couple of friends shared this short video with me on Facebook. It illustrates beautifully a familiar topic that comes up a lot in my work with people with dementia and their carers. 'She ask things over and over and over again!' an exasperated husband said to me just a few days ago.
It's easy to think badly of the son in this little story don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes and all that. This is a problem that is hard to live with day in, day out. It would drive me absolutely potty! So, if you know someone looking after a person with dementia, are you in a position to give them a break? Allowing them to walk away from a situation for a little while gives them time to recharge their batteries. And that repetitive questioning can be due to boredom, the sign of a mind that's not sufficiently occupied. Doing something with the person that they find enjoyable while you'll with them can make a lot of difference.