Our expert says:
Lin makes good sense --- is there a possibility of someone else sharing her care even for a week or two to give you a break ?
I know the phenomenon you refer to, and haven't seen anyone explain it well ; but I've been seeing it in my old mom, who has a rapidly deteriorating vascular dementia ; and some degre of dementia may be part of the problem. Its as if they feel lonely, even in your company, and fill the space and time with chatter which may have no particular meaning. She may sing even if not remembering the words or melody, and at 3 am it is less than delightful ! And I haven't seen any good advice for dealing with it, either, apart from perhaps an Ipod or something similar, to fill your hearing with music and reduce the extent to which her sounds dominate. Sometimes having a chat with her with you choosing the topic helps to focus her and encourage her to stay focussed.
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