How do I handle my mom talking nonstop?


Im 51 years old with a 17 yr old son. My mother is 74 and lost her husband about 4 yrs ago. When he passed me and my son moved in with her as i didnt want to leave her alone. Well... its been years now she is getting harder and harder to even be around for me these days. Dont get me wrong, I love my mom but BOY its tough. She NEVER stops talking and I mean NEVER. She talks nonstop from the minute she gets up till she goes to bed. I am at my witts end really! I thought maybe here someone could relate. So glad to have found this site!!!

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I sympathize. My husband has diarrhea of the mouth too. If he thinks it, he has to say it. He doesn't have dementia or any disorder that I know of. He just loves the sound of his own voice. I've gotten to the point where I can tune him out, kind of like the adults on Charlie Brown. It's an amazing ability I have now. I can tune him out but if he asks me what did I just say to test me..............I still manage to win that fight. It's called selective listening.

Believe me, I'm not making light of your problem. I sucks. Apart from a muzzle, I couldn't tell you what you can do.
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Blewwyeyzz - you don't mention your Mom's medical conditions - does she have dementia or Alzheimers? The constant talking can be something that occurs with that.

I'm sorry it's frustrating for you - I know it must be. Unfortunately, there are very few remedies for it. There are some medications that may slow it down, but they come with side effects you may not want (like all meds do).

I know this probably isn't what you want to hear, but believe me, there's going to come a time when you will long to hear her voice - just one more time. Even if it's the constant chatter. The silence will seem deafening. Not saying you have to enjoy this constant stream of speech right now, but just won't always be this way.
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