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Does anyone else experience this with their loved one? When it first started happening I thought it was his hearing so I took him to an audiologist to have a hearing test. His hearing is fine. I'm thinking that when he hears me talk he needs time to pay attention so he can process what I say. He usually understands the second time I say what I want to communicate. This is a minor irritation that I have grown used to. I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

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I'm not sure it's caused by him not paying attention. The disease is causing him to not be able to process information. When I talk to my cousin, I try to look at her directly in the face so she is better able to focus on what I am saying. Still, sometimes, she is not able to comprehend.
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JessieBelle's got a great suggestion. Your mom's AD may not allow her to be quick enough to pick up on what you say the first time you say it.

Also, people with advancing dementia tend to understand better when the voice they're hearing is a little on the lower side (this has nothing to do with actual hearing capability). As women our voices tend to be on the higher side. Don't lower your voice to a baritone but you might try taking it down an octave and seeing if this doesn't help your husband catch what you're saying without having to repeat yourself all the time.
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Yes, definitely. I say things three times -- once to get Mom's attention, once for her to hear, and once for her to comprehend. I have a feeling it is very common when someone is older and has dementia.
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