My mother has started talking in what sound like another language or made up words. When she tries to speak "english" her thoughts come out jumbled and she cannot finish her thought. A couple weeks ago, she started talking in this other form and when she does, she has no hesitation and she acts like she is trying to get a point across. It can go on for quite awhile and the look on her face is not like she is making things up but… read more
My mom had this at one time, and it was due to a UTI. She was hospitalized, and after the antiviotics took effect, she could speak again.
Very good point @A myALZteam Member I have experienced the same thing. Always check for infection when there is sudden change in behaviour.
Jibberish is not all that unusual when folks have brain illnesses. I would redirect the comments to something familiar and no focus on the strange words. Saying things like that's good, it's okay,just reassuring them you are listening - the content doesn't matter as much as the fact that you are there and offering your support. My Father-in-Law made the mistake of always correcting his wife and trying to reorient her to "reality" and she would just get more agitated. You might try music or TV also, as a distraction...just some ideas which may work for you. Blessings always/sam
Mum was similar - after struggling to remember words, she started jumbling them up. It is definitely worth checking for infection as this could have an impact. Unfortunately for mum it was long term and eventually could only speak a few words and struggled to communicate at all. Not sure if/how this can be reversed - I have since found some info on speech therapists that can help in these circumstances. It may not be for all, but may be worth a try. Good luck.
Yes, my dad had spoken English all his life although he is bilingual in Spanish since diagnosed he now mostly only speak Spanish. Which I heard is something that ALZ patients do but recently he's almost begun talking in tongues as in biblical times I'm not sure what he's saying and he gets so frustrated sometimes when we don't understand him that he just says nevermind I feel so awful for him