Hearing seniors say this, or something similar, is a common facet of the mental disfunction caused by Alzheimer’s.
This disease affects more than 3 million seniors in the United States every year. Repeating questions or statements such as “I want to go home” manifest as common symptoms.
Often, this particular phrase is repeated, even if they actually are at home. When this happens, how should you respond?
In many cases, the elderly person isn’t referring to the actual home, but rather that they are feeling unease or a level of nervousness. It’s also a way they may express frustration or anxiety.
It is helpful, then, to respond in a way that calms them and is reassuring. Going along with them in this conversation is okay, just be careful not to over-promise anything. Remain genuine but acquiescing to their concerns creates a sense of ease.
You may also want to alter the direction of the conversation or gently encourage them to focus on a different subject altogether. Helping them start a new discussion on something they have experienced or fond memories of can help them calm down. This should also give you an opportunity to check if any physical pain or discomfort is present.
Additionally, when a senior with Alzheimer’s repeats things in this way, they may simply be referring to a sense of home – a place where they can feel comfortable and relaxed. This is just one of many benefits of assisted living communities. The relaxed, warm, welcoming environments always provide the sense of home for residents and their families.
These are just a few kind ways to reassure seniors with Alzheimer’s should they express this concern. For more information, visit our website or call 815-787-6500.
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