How do you deal with Alzheimer's patient who is repeating only one topic constantly?

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My husband is Alzheimer patient for over 10 years. He repeats himself and this is not unusual. What I am concern is he talks about only one thing. He had an utmost desire to retire and settle close to his nephew. For some reason it did not materialized. It seems he is hooked up on it constantly mumbles of this. Is it with some purpose? How to redirect him?

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How long has he been fixated on this one topic? My Dad often gets this way, usually fixating on one for a week or even longer. Then it'll suddenly disappear and another topic will take its place. We often tell him he must have a list somewhere that he looks at every once in a while in order to choose the "topic of the week"!

I've found that just agreeing, or as mentioned by someone else, just saying "uh huh", etc. usually works for a while. Unfortunately sometimes Dad gets EXTREMELY obsessed and just won't let go, almost to the point of driving the rest of us crazy! Sometimes you just have to ignore it, or try to ignore it, and hope that something comes along and pulls him in another direction.

Has something happened lately, or has a discussion come up, concerning this nephew? I've found that often my Dad will start obsessing with something because of something he hears or sees, and how he interprets it.
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Maybe try to find out why it's been so important to him. Does he have any contact with this nephew -- or any younger people? It might help to try to get some people to visit him. He needs something else to think about ;).
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no need to redirect him-you can 1) ignore him if he doesn't seem that concerned 2) tell him that you are sorry that things did not work out with the nephew, he is just fixated with this...my suggestion is say a few words, do the "uh huh" and again don't make something of it....good luck...it is easy to get trapped in these conversation loops
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