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Q: my grandma hums all the time even when you are talking to her she does it. I don't think she knows she doing it? Is this a form of alzheimer's? how do we get her to stop humming all the time?

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Dorian Martin, Health Guide
10/25/10 4:46pm

Hi, Bossylifestyle,

 

I agree that you need to get your grandmother tested. I know that my grandmother always hummed while working when I was a little girl. She did end up with dementia, but I don't think that the humming was a sign of things to come.

 

Take care and keep us posted!

 

Dorian

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NC, Community Member
10/24/10 12:52pm

Hi bossylifestyle,

 

I think you need to get a specialist from the family doctor. A psychiatrist or neurologist can do tests to diagnose her if she has dementia or Alzheimer's.

I have no idea about humming. My father-in-law who has late Alzheimer's has never done that because he only wants to work and listens to music.

Does she still talk at all?

Not enough info. to understand what is going on. Check with the doctor first. Once you get the diagnosis, you would be able to know what is going on and cope with her.

 

Good luck,
Nina

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louisaslow54, Community Member
2/22/11 12:39pm

Hi Bossylifestyle (I'm sorry to say your alias gives you away). One thing is certain in life, you cannot change people, you can only change yourself (and that means your reaction to people in your life). My best friend goes, 'huh!' every time I am talking to her. My boss says, 'take it easy' when that is not what he means at all. My doctor grins every time I am telling him something serious. My friend at church clucks her tongue all the time. These things annoy me, I must admit, but I cannot change them.  You sound like a really nice person who is trying your best to help people. I am not a doctor, but as far as I know humming is not a characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Ask her who the president is; and if she loses something, notice if she is annoyed that she cannot find it or if she cannot remember losing it at all. With fondest regards.

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Carol Bradley Bursack, Health Guide
2/22/11 2:09pm

I'd think back about this a decide if this is fairly recent or something she's done for decades. A good physical rarely hurts, so that may be a good idea, but I wouldn't jump to any conclusions based on this likely annoying behavior. As state in other comments, humans have a lot of them!

 

Still - a check up may be in order, and you can mention this habit to the doctor.

Let us know how your are doing!

Carol

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nina, Community Member
9/15/12 6:23pm

hi, i aslo have a mother who has dementia and recently she started humming alot. about a two years ago she starting having short term memory loss and then about a year ago she just withdrew into herself. she wouldnt even respond at times when you're talking to her and constantly just seemed out of focus and agitated. then recently like a couple about a month ago she's in a good mood most of the time and constantly humms but at the same time she still seems out of focus if you try to talk to her. me and my sister are both weirded out by this becuase i havent heard of this associated with dementia symptoms.

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Carol Bradley Bursack, Health Guide
9/16/12 6:39am

Hi Nina,

People with dementia often develop repetitve behaviors. Somehow, it's comforting. Humming may seem weird, but picking open skin and some other behaviors are more dangerous. I'm wondering if in her world there  is a song playing? Anyway, if you mention this to a doctor, and you find anything out, please let us know!

Thanks as always,

Carol

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Carol Bradley Bursack, Health Guide
9/16/12 6:39am

Hi Nina,

People with dementia often develop repetitve behaviors. Somehow, it's comforting. Humming may seem weird, but picking open skin and some other behaviors are more dangerous. I'm wondering if in her world there  is a song playing? Anyway, if you mention this to a doctor, and you find anything out, please let us know!

Thanks as always,

Carol

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By bossylifestyle, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/16/12, First Published: 10/23/10