AAAARGH!! I've had this ongoing (and slightly irritating) issue with Dad, dementia and counting. I know that dementia patients typically have issues with keeping numbers straight, so I'm assuming that this is related.
He has a tendency to "inflate" the number of certain items he has. In this case, it's pants. I bought him 5 pair of the pull on pants with the elastic waist (he struggles with buttons and zippers on the fly) about a year ago, but since moving him to AL, he is CONVINCED that someone is stealing his clothes.
No matter how many times I lay out each pair of pants and try to reassure him that they're all there and that's all that he has ever had, it's like talking to a rock (over and over and over again... we have this conversation at least 4 times a day).
I know that Dad can't help it, but it's driving me bananas. He even threatened another resident yesterday because he was sure that the man had stolen his pants.
Any suggestions on how I can divert Dad's attention on the pants?