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It's waking her up. She called me at midnight and then at 3 am Sunday morning and said the "boys" woke her up and told her to hurry up and get ready for church. Which she did and then drove over there in the dark of night and couldn't get in. I spent the night with her last night and when I woke she was gone and had been out driving around for over an hour looking for me when I was right in her spare bedroom. She asked where the boys were? She gets mad when I try to tell her that there are no boys and maybe she was dreaming. When she looses things, now she blames it on the boys taking it or hiding it. I don't know how to address this? Play along, or tell the truth? I'm in a daze this morning at work....

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Thanks you two. We turned a corner this week and I've been off of work for 2 days getting things taken care of. I saw her neuro-psychologist and he said she could no longer be alone. Since I work FT, I found an adult day care center within a 1/2 a mile from my office. I drop her off in the morning and pick her up in the afternoon, todays her first day. When we took a tour, she looked at me and said "why don't you bring me here?" I almost fell over with relief & did start crying. She has been staying with me at my house and doing very well and sleeping really well. I bought an alarm and put it on my door and talked to her about not being able to drive anymore; she seems OK with it. I think she feels safe with me and has been able to relax. I make sure she eats well and I think that helps too! I'm back at work today and know she is safe, socialized, and entertained. Hallelujah!!!
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Deborah posted on my message board that her mom has Alzheimer's and just had a work-up last week. Just FYI.
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MaggieMarshall is right. Take the keys before she hurts someone. There is no reason to try to convince her of anything. It's a waste of time. If could be a number of things causing it, but I would get her to a doctor pronto. Does she have other issues, like refusing to bathe, forgetting things, repeating things, not paying bills, etc. Make a list of your observations to share with the doctor so they figure out what is going on. Most likely they can provide medications that will reduce the hallucinations. I would do something immediately, before she gets hurt. And I would remove all guns, knives, scissors from her reach.
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Your mom is not safe alone right now. This behavior can be caused by a drug overdose, adverse reaction to her medications, taking them incorrectly, an untreated urinary tract infection, dementia, or something else. If this incident came out of the blue, I would take her to the ER for a tox screen and neurological evaluation.

If this bizarre behavior has been coming on gradually and mom's been diagnosed with dementia, it's time to get her to her doc and re-evaluate her meds.

In any case, take her car keys away like NOW. And one way or another have her evaluated. She needs 24-hour supervision right now.
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