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Mom (87) no matter who is in the room or if no one is, she never stops talking. I know she can't help it. Starts about 1pm until all hours of the night. Most of it is talking to tv or no one that is there. The last weeks have been interfering with family sleep. Have talked to Dr., no good answers to how to get her to talk less.

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I think it is anxiety... one that we may understand when we get older... But, I think that when they 'chat' it alleviates this anxiety... in other words... it makes them feel 'good'... God Bless them...
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My mother also talks all the time... Now I understand why my patents used to get so irritated when we talked during the news as kids!
I think it is an anxiety. I have put an iPod dock in my mothers room and have classical music on low volume which I find calms her, maybe this could help her to sleep too and also play music throughout the house when possible during the day. Music is fantastic for dementia.
Constant talking used to really irritate me until I met with many dementia patients who don't talk at all. I decided from this point to appreciate the fact my mother was still talking. Good luck!
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Gosh this must be awful lucky so far my mum is not like this infact strangely enough i think shes become very quiet and withdrawn i mean she seems ok but there have been a few outbursts this week which can be quite aggressive.

Yes i would go down the med route like a mild anxiety my mum is on a mild antidepressant
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anxiety is Very uncomfortable and i believe mild medication
helps .
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My husband refers to his mother as "The Mouth That Never Stops" Her dementia has only made it worse. Some say it is the manic phase of a bi-polar disorder. Some say frontal lobe damage is the cause. You say she is talking to "no one there" which adds the possibility of hallucinations, which is something more serious than just talking a lot and you might share that with the MD.
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My mom talks constantly like that when she has an infection somewhere, particularly a urinary tract infection. Don't overlook that possibility. Also, talk to her doctor about the problem. If this doctor has no answer, get another opinion. We found a psychiatric physician to be most helpful (actually his nurse practitioner). Your mother's lack of sleep makes her problem worse. Good luck and bless you.
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I agree about the anti-anxiety medication. Talk to her Dr. and see if he can prescribe a mild dose for her. You have to get some sleep and so does she.
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This can be very difficult to deal with. My MIL use to talk constantly as well and it is exhausting - especially if your Mom is talking and interfering with family sleep. Perhaps she is nervous and anxious. My MIL took a mild anti-anxiety medication and it did help her. She was calmer and the talking was less as she wasn't feeling so nervous any longer.

You all need sleep to deal with the caretaking. Hopefully, the doctor could recommend something for her; if you are open to it. I'm not talking about making her a "zombie" or anything; just a mild tranquilizer. It might not hurt to try it. We had to suggest it to MIL doctor; and he agreed it might help; which it definitely did. Take care.
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