I'm a caregiver for my 92 year old Mom. In the past 4-5 months she has been having hallucinations and delusions on occasion. She has had 3 fairly bad "episodes" where she doesn't sleep for 2 days. I've taken her to a geriatric psychiatrist where she diagnosed her as having dementia. She instructed us to give her a very small dose of risperidone when she is having the hallucinations. I don't think it is working at all so they want to double the dose and give it at night, even when she isn't having hallucinations. They want me to bring her in any time I call for advice or have questions. Is this normal? Also, I don't know if I should make Mom aware that she has dementia (we weren't told what kind was suspected)? She is pretty sharp when she's not having an episode and I don't want to upset her and I want her to have the best quality of life she possibly can. Someone in my family called her crazy when she was having an episode so now she is constantly saying she's crazy, even though I reassure her she isn't. I'm worried if she knows she has dementia that she will think that even more. Am I wrong for not wanting her to know?