Repetition and Alzheimer’s

The main cause of behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s and other progressive dementias is the deterioration of brain cells which causes a decline in the individual’s ability to make sense of the world. In terms of repetition due to the Alzheimer’s the person may not remember that he or she has just asked a question or they may not remember what they just did. Even if they just completed something they may forget what task it was. This lapse in memory causes them to ask repeatedly about any given topic.

Environmental influences also can cause symptoms or make them worse. Changes in surroundings or different faces cause people with Alzheimer’s to questions repeatedly. Due to cognition they may have difficulty finding the right words to express a specific concern, ask for help, or cope with frustration, anxiety or insecurity.