How do you deal with an elder who is accusing family members of sexual misconduct?
Hi, my grandpa is 83 and has recently had a couple of delusions that my grandma, his wife, and my uncle, his youngest son who moved back home and has lived with them for several years, are having an affair and are fooling around together. Apparently he first accused them of this about 6 months ago over the summer, and then it "went away" until today. My uncle and grandma are of course, horrified, and my uncle sent his siblings an email asking for help because neither he or my grandma are able to talk to my grandpa right now. We are all very worried and in the meantime before someone is able to convince my grandpa to go to the doctor, what should we do? He has always been a very smart person and has shown no other signs of dementia or Alzheimer's or any other psychotic symptoms. Are there any techniques that can help him realize that what he is paranoid of is absolutely untrue and will never happen? I've read that it's a good coping mechanism during a delusion of an elderly person to just agree with their delusion momentarily until it subsides, but my grandma and uncle can't exactly admit to what they're being accused of. I appreciate any suggestions and advice! Thank you