My mom thinks someone else is living in her house.
My mom is 84 years old. She was only recently diagnosed with dementia. When I look back, at things that have happened in the last two years or so, I kinda think she has had it for a while now. My question is this. My mom thinks their are other people living downstairs in her house. This is the part of the house where I stay. She will be fine for days on end and then she starts talking about the lady downstairs or the people downstairs. Up until now, I have always told her that there is no one downstairs and she can come down and look around if she wants to. She never does. Stairs are hard for her. I tell her that she must of been dreaming again. It seems to calm her for the most part. She knows she has dementia but not sure if she understands it. Am I doing the right thing by telling her that she must of dreamed it again? She is fine most of the time, but she has other issues along the same line such as animals in the house and seeing things. Her meds have all been checked and rechecked. Her doctor will not put her on any meds for the dementia because of a heart condition. I just want to know if I'm making it worse by saying "mom you must of been dreaming again...there is no one down there but me".