My mother "sees" imaginary people.

Follow
Share

Is this common in people who have memory loss? I have cared for my 95 year old Mother for three years. This is a new symptom. What (if anything) should I do?

This discussion has been closed for comment. Start a New Discussion.
Find Care & Housing
23

Comments

Show:
1 2 3
They had mom on Potassium too..but if she has dementia, like my mom. All the pills are going to get harder and harder for her to swallow. Mom has been taken off all other meds other than the ones that Hospice recommends for her comfort and care.
(2)
Report

It's very common in people with dementia..but I would check first about a UTI urinary tract infection. That's what they will suggest first off when talking to a doctor about it.
But it's very common with the dementia. Mom would say things like..do you see the ants all over the counter? Or look every time I wake up the walls change a different color. She also thought my brother was coming and going into her bedroom. (But he lives almost 600 miles away.) She would swear that he was playing tricks on her. Mom talks at night like there is someone in her room. She says there are little boys hiding in her closet. It's just the disease and what it does to their brain.
I would first have him checked over by a doctor...like everyone else it could be an infection.
(0)
Report

Thank you all for your comments. I've learned so much reading your posts and will take my Mother to the Doctor to see if she has an UTI....The only difference in your posts is that at night, she said they were sleeping with her and felt a hand touch her and when she reached over, she held the hand and got petrified to the point of screaming and I couldn't calm her down. I know several months ago, she experienced this and my friend's son; who is a Doctor, advised me that she may have a potassium deficiency. When I checked her medication, found out that they gave her a generic form of her big yellow potassium pill; which may have caused an imbalance; to which; we went back to her regular brand and it cleared up her hallucinations. Thank you everyone for your help. Now I can ask the doctor to check for your suggestions!
(2)
Report

My Mom has started seeing imaginary people more too and it is getting my Dad down. Usually they are not anyone she knows. Just people and sometimes she doesn't like that they are there. How do you handle that? Her memory has been going for a long time now so I suppose it is the dementia getting worse. Still I had better get her checked out for a UTI she has had bout of that earlier in the fall. Didn't cause any imaginary people then, though.
(0)
Report

my mother is 82 and she has been seeing two of her grandchildren. it is always the same two girls. she talks to them and walks around the house she says. she wakes up and they are gone. help!
(0)
Report

Betsy,
Is your mother's behavior causing you any major difficulties with care besides the unsettling feeling it causes? A few months before they died, my grandmother and my father started telling me that family members who had been dead for decades were standing in front of them and were frustrated when I could not see them. I often wondered if these were the family members that they wanted and needed to see, or if they were just lonely for someone who shared their memories. I have also heard, as other people have just stated, that a UTI can cause these same symptoms. I always felt sad for my father and grandmother because they seemed so happy to see the people they talked about. My grandfather, however, was given too much pain medication in the sixties when he was hospitalized due to a hunting accident. He saw little green Martians until the family insisted that the pain control plan be changed. I think Papa preferred the Martians to my step-grandmother sometimes. :) Take care!
(0)
Report

About a year ago my Mom was hospitalized for a fall. She was on a lot of meds (pain) at the time and she kept saying she was hearing voices in the hallway of people she knew. Then she would say that at night she imagined a lady in all white standing over her. The dr prescribed a pill for depression and those hallucinations left. Every now and then she tells me she thinks she hears my voice but for the most part, she seems fine now. At the time my mother was living alone and depressed. She's now in assisted living.
(0)
Report

I agree with KellyBean about an infection exacerbating hallucinations. It is common for older adults, especially women who have a urinary tract infection to have hallucinations.
(0)
Report

Lynz, might your dad have Lewy Bodies Disease, which is related to Parkinson's? LBD involves some of the same brain malfunctions, as I understand it, and hallucinations are part of LBD for many. LBDA.org has information. My mom has been having similar sightings for more than a year. Aricept has seemed to help a bit with her being amenable to being talked out of hallucinations. But in general we try to switch the subject rather than talk her out of them.
All part of living one moment at a time. Take care.
(0)
Report

I do not know about all these new pills, but when my Dad and Grandma got to that stage, it was only a couple months later when they passed. They both had heart trouble in the 70s. I figured that that kind of mental state is brought on by lack of circulation to the brain as well as poor circulation throughout the body.
(0)
Report

1 2 3
This discussion has been closed for comment. Start a New Discussion.
Related
Questions