Repetitive Behaviors

Description of Behavior

Repetitive behaviors refer to mannerisms questions or behaviors that a person frequently repeats. Examples of repetitive behaviors include clapping, tapping or shaking.

Why behavior might occur

Repetitive behaviors are thought to occur because of changes in the brain due to dementia as well as this person’s reaction to those changes—which may include anxiety, fear and a sense of a loss of control. Repetitive questions may occur because the person with dementia cannot recall the answer they recently received.

How to approach repetitive behaviors

How to respond to repetitive behaviors

Helping the Person who has Repetitive Questions