Mom is "seeing" & "hearing" things. What do I say to calm, and help her?
What tactic should I take to put my Mom at ease? My 98 year old Mom has macular degeneration in one eye and is deaf in one ear, with not so good hearing in the good ear. She belives she sees people in the yard, but on investigation there is no one there. However, she insists there was. She "sees" trees and bushes in the yard that she belives to have been cut down or back and they have not been. Mom complains she is "hearing" music come from the house next door all day and all night. At this time of year the windows are all closed & there is no way she is hearing music coming from outside. She asks me can't I hear it and I have to say no. She is amazed that I can't. So I just say that her hearing must be better than mine for music. Mom gets very upset and mistrusts anyone who tries to convince or explain away what she knows she is "seeing" & "hearing" . I would appreciate any suggestions what to say to calm, and help her.