I have a question about dealing with a delusional parent. My mom is often accusing my husband and me of things like stealing, or that her neighbors are up to no good, or saying that AARP is mad at her for not renewing her membership for three years (instead opting for a one-year renewal) -- she has that tunnel vision where everything is about her.
I know a lot of this is that her mind isn't working at its best, and most of the time I bite my tongue but sometimes I do want to argue with her -- "Really? Why on earth do you think your neighbor is a prostitute? How did you come to that conclusion?" and so on.
Does anyone have any advice for getting past that? I'm kind of a stubborn personality in my ways, but my mom is the queen of this. What she believes is law, to the point where she even denies basic science.
On one hand it's sad but on another it's annoying. How can I cope with this, since obviously her behavior isn't going to change or improve? Does anyone have any advice?