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Seniors: Am I Repeating Myself?

Apr 4th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you spend much time with some elders you may note a tendency for frequent repetition. They tell the same story, elaborate on the same experience over and over. Often, they fail to inquire if they have told you this story previously. If they ask, I am usually quick to remind them they have, so we can move on to other conversational enjoyment. The problem is that the repeater frequently falls back into the same trap of reaching for a tale already told.

There may be some helpful ways in dealing with such a situation, but to do so risks creating a schism between you and the other. Without being impolite, you may interrupt the story he/she is telling with something like, “oh, yes, now I remember you did tell about that.” Perhaps the nudge will help. If the frequency of repetition is such, it becomes something of a challenge to find ways to circumvent the subject at hand. Your repeating that your conversation mate is repeating may itself become a laborious and