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My Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's back in 2017. Is been an absolutely devastating experience watching her rapid cognitive decline over the past few years. Around January of this year she started this constant chanting, Almost every minute that she's awake! Its "Jesus, Jesus" "Yes Lord, Yes Lord" "Oh Hallelujah Jesus" "Thank You - Thank You Jesus!!"" ALLLLL day!! Its is literally driving us insane!


(Obviously she was very religious, and church was her life.) I came on to see if anyone has ever experienced anything like this, and is there possibly some advise or remedy that would help.

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My dear great aunt chanted "I died and I'm in hell" for hours at a time in the NH; it was awful.... If it can be stopped, great, if not, could be a lot worse!
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Whike it is wonderful that your mother has such a strong relationship with the Lord, the repetitiveness of phrases could be a manifestation of anxiety associated with dementia. I would suggest contacting her primary care physician to prescribe an anti a anxiety medication. A geropsychiatrist consult for medication as well as behavior modification techniques would be beneficial as well.
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I think it is wonderful. My mother still prays to Jesus and praying gives her much comfort. I hope when I am old I will still pray and sing praises to the Lord. Count your blessings that she is still able to sing and pray and it is giving her some comfort. Put a religious program on TV and Christian music for her to listen to. Be aware she might start dancing in her chair or clapping. My mom does this and we are thrilled. Praying helps my mother when she feels stressed. We notice a calm and quiet attitude. My mother is very religious, she attended church all her life, I am happy when my mother talks to Jesus. When she is sitting in her chair, I will hear her say Jesus loves me, you are my Savior, singing songs to our Lord. I love to hear her sing to the Lord. I would suggest getting some ear plugs, if it bothers you. Why not join her in her prasises to our God!
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I have to say that you are blessed that she is praising and calling on her Saviour. It could be constant pleas for help, help me, help me, help hour after hour, day after week after month.

With Alzheimer's you really do have to look at what it could be and be grateful for the little things.
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NobodyGetsIt Jul 20, 2020
I like that!
When my mom went to rehab from the hospital, she had a room with a window. I still thought she might die since she was near death when I had her taken to the hospital. So when my husband and I would "window visit", I would sing her favorite hymns and some of the contemporary Christian songs I knew that would convey assurance and comfort to her. My husband ended up recording those moments on his iPhone so I would always have it to remember.
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Yes, Lord …. I would consider it a blessing.

To have Alzheimer's and still know who to praise ….. Thank you Jesus.
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Isthisrealyreal Jul 19, 2020
Amen!
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Before her passing my Mom hummed. It got louder everyday. It was an anxiety. She was medicated for it. Its not good for them to be like this. Call her doctor and see what he says.
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At least she is saying words. My Husband moaned most of the time it was a quiet background noise but there were times it was pretty loud. (Oddly whenever I got on the phone he would increase in volume...)
For you and others can you safely wear ear buds, ear plugs, headphones or other noise deadening item?
For mom is there anything you can give her that will distract her from the noise? A religious item? Prayer beads? (please be careful if she tends to put things in her mouth that they not be small enough to choke her)
If she was used to prayer and going to church are there any people from her church that would be willing to come in and pray with her, that may give her comfort as well. And with someone with her it would give you and who ever is caring for her a chance to get out of the house for a bit.
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mrtoneh2 Jul 19, 2020
Thank you much! There's plenty mentioned here that I can try!
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Repeating is not uncommon with people who have dementia. There aren’t many options that I’m aware of. I know it can be frustrating for family members. I used to try various things like changing the subject, asking her questions, ask her to do something, like let’s brush our teeth or look at this photo album, but it didn’t help that much. I’d discuss it with her doctor to see if medication is appropriate. Also, you might see if playing gospel music would amuse her and help with the repeating. Whenever I visited the AL and MC and religious music was played or performed, the residents, even those with severe dementia, immediately responded. Some would hum, tap their foot, clap, or sing along. It was a very positive thing. It’s worth a try.
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mrtoneh2 Jul 19, 2020
Thank You so Much!! I definitely will try this!
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Has this been reported to her doctor? There are meds that will help with that.
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