My husband thinks I am some lady and his wife is just leaving him with her. What do I do?

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He wants to see me but doesn't believe I am his wife. I try to tell him I am his wife but he does not belive it & somes times get very made & refuses my help

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My experience with patient in NH who had Capgras , he was retired General age 75 that time, end of our shift we have to report all Pt's activities at nurse station after new shift came in.. Almost same time when he saw us as Solders!!! He told us to line up and gave him "ATTENTION", we did "redirect" him with "Jelly Beans" that he loved..... works each time to makes him came down and much better then drugs....
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My husband hasn't known who I am since his accident thirteen years ago. After twenty years of marriage that was pretty hard for me to handle and I spent a long time mourning the loss and hoping for a miraculous recovery. I can only imagine how much harder it must be for him to wait every day for a "wife" who seldom arrives. Most of time he thinks one of our daughters is his wife, other times he might think I'm his mom or that I'm just a stranger. For the first few years we thought it was the medications/surgeries he was undergoing but we gradually came to realize that it was from the TBI/dementia. I play along with him on it because arguing does no good and if he becomes agitated he can get violent. For my own sanity and physical safety, I had to reach a point of acceptance that the essential parts of the man I married and loved, died the day of that accident. I have and am allowing myself to mourn his passing. The man I am now caring for is not really my husband in the true sense of the word, but I care for him out of honor for the fine man he once was. Our family has had 13yrs to accept what is and make the best of it. Pretending to be whoever he thinks I am that day is what works for us and my kids do the same.
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HI chroletrose,

This is a trending topic in the community and we have created an article to help members better understand this situation. Check it out here: https://www.agingcare.com/articles/Caring-for-a-Loved-One-with-Capgras-Syndrome-197688.htm.

Hope this may help!

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This happened to a friend of mine. If he still likes you, take that as a compliment. Other times he may know you. She kept him home as long as she could.
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You've gotten some really good suggestions here. I agree that with people with dementia we can't expect them to live in our world anymore. We have to go into their world and be with them there.

Contradicting someone with dementia can cause agitation for the person as you've discovered. Have you tried to play along with him? Tell him that his wife is running errands (at a meeting, at work, etc.) and she'll be back soon. Be calm and comforting so your husband will hopefully stay calm and feel comforted.

I am so sorry you have to go through this. It must be very painful for you.
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My father often refused to believe my mom was his wife because she was "so old".. and he thought I was someone he went to school with.. because he was still young in his mind. It came and went, and painful as it was we tried to roll with it
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How very, very hard for you! Dementia robs our loved ones of their precious memories and recognition, and it causes painful heartache for us, too.

I think I would stop trying to convince him that you are his wife. You are a kind, caring person and you'll stay with him until his wife can return. His wife loves him very much and has made this arrangement for his benefit.

You might also try reaching way back into your closet for something he liked you to wear years ago and appearing to him that way. Still don't insist that you are his wife, but give him a chance to spark a memory.

Calling on the phone is a good idea, too. Sometimes if a person with dementia is stuck in the past they can't recognize a person at their current age. (My mom has a hard time having a daughter with gray hair!) But voices stay recognizable and without seeing you he may be able to "recognize" you better.
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