My mom functions adequately day-to-day. She's 76, divorced a long time ago, and lives alone. She pays her bills, walks her dog, and goes to the store when she needs food. But, she's shown an acute loss of her grasp on reality over the past 6 months or so. For instance, she said somebody jumped over her town home fence and stole a single, 20 yr old, dirty rod iron chair from her porch. Not both chairs, just one. Then, people were breaking in through one of her windows and stealing one or two knick-knacks from her house, but leaving things like purse, jewelry etc. The window is blocked off by a hanging plant fence and clearly hasn't been disturbed in ages. Recently, my husband brought my mom to her property in central Texas where she hadn't been in about a decade. That caused a landslide of unbelievable accusations against her neighbor there, my husband, the contractors my husband had work on the ranch road, and several others. She claims one or all of them dumped trash on her property, stole the water pipes from the well to the home, stole the gate to the property, and took a lot of other things that just don't survive central TX weather well when not kept up for more than 10 years. I talked to family members who have used the property to hunt, and my own memory of spending a lot of time there growing up, and gave my mom a clear explanation for everything she accused people of. She wants none of it and told me to file police reports. When I declined, she starts calling me hurtful names and becomes impenetrable. Finally, my husband sat with contractors at her town home while they installed a new air conditioner and furnace. When it was all done, she swore they ripped her off and did things to her house just to make her miserable. Completely untrue. She then won't answer the phone for days at a time forcing me to drive 30 minutes to her house to make sure she's safe. There are many more, daily instances like these, but you have a good flavor for my problems now. I'm at my wits end and don't know what to do. She absolutely will not go see a doctor because she thinks she's fine and everyone else is out to get her. How do I bridge that gap and get her help? Anything you folks that have gone through something like this can offer is much appreciated. Thanks.