What can we do about our neighbor who is only angry towards us and won't let it go?

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Neighbor 83 living alone, and daughter is to busy to visit. I called about 6 months ago because her car wasn't home for 2 days just checking to see if she was ok. My husband and I live at 55+ apartment community. I have brought her food on different occasions, trimmed her bushes, brought in groceries for her since she moved in 2 yrs. ago. She keeps coming up to us on our porch and screaming don't call me again. Calling me noisy, calling my husband snoopy(can't hardly walk which she said poor (his name) can't walk repeating it ugly tone, pointing her finger at her head and telling him she forgot he ain't all there. This all started 3 weeks ago. Seems like some dementia since she is 83. We have tried not speaking and speaking. She walks her dog in front of us every morning. Noticed she wouldn't speak after I called 6 months ago but didn't think about that making her mad. Just kept helping her and bringing food over. We always said good morning to each other when she walked by. Now she says "Good Morning" everyday rudely, walks her dog and comes back doing her name calling and saying "do not call me again". We tell her we will stay here and she can stay on her side. Yes ma'am. She just won't stop ignoring her or speaking good morning. Need some guidance please!

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Dear Debbie,

Its so good of you to help your 83 year old neighbor. Its not your fault she is being rude now. I know its easier said than done, but don't take it too personally. I think you are right and maybe she is suffering from something. What if she is not taking her meds properly? Or not eating or drinking enough? Or there is some dementia as well. Sorry to hear her daughter doesn't visit but if you fear for her well being, I would call Adult Protective Services to check on her welfare. Don't be afraid to involve a social worker. It won't hurt to have an outside person check on her to show her that maybe she needs more help and living alone is not an option anymore.
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I would call the police. Not to be ugly, but so there is a record.

Also, if they deem the neighbor cannot or should not be living on her own, they can then contact someone to check on her and evaluate her.

What she is doing is harassment, regardless of her physical condition. While I laud your attempts at making her life better (food, etc) - perhaps it would be better if you curtail your efforts. Leave her bushes alone and stop bringing her food.

God forbid she dies and someone accuses you of poisoning her. Or harassing her. You really don't need the extra grief.
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My 90 year old mother and 60 year old brother suffered a similar situation. For years, their 70-year old neighbor was very pleasant; then she turned on them. She would make accusations toward my brother when he would get home from work ... about seeing him looking in her window and called the police on several occasions. My mother and brother would get home from an outing and find their neighbor sitting on their back porch, leaving immediately when she heard them walk in the house. Their lawn was dying in a strange design as if someone was pouring something on it. This went on for years. The water would be turned on at the side of the house and left running. The police couldn't and wouldn't do anything without proof. I went to talk to her to no avail. Finally, one night another neighbor saw this neighbor spraying something on my mother's lawn and called her on it. She went scampering back to her house. At that point, we brought her back to court where the judge asked her if it was true and she said "yes, but"... That's all the judge needed to hear - he would not hear of any excuses. Her daughter was at court with her and, long story short, they decided to pay damages out of court. Her daughter said her mother told us that my brother was doing all these things to her mother's home, not the reversed. Obviously, her mother was suffering from some kind of dementia and within a couple of months the daughter moved her mother out of her house. It was a nightmare for years. Sorry to say, this really won't help you end the problem but maybe if you could get in touch with her daughter to explain the situation, it might end sooner than ours did. Good luck.
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Yes, call APS.

She may have a UTI, which can cause psychiatric symptoms in elders. You don't have her daughter's phone number, do you?
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Since this started suddenly 3 weeks ago, she really should be checked for a UTI. Obviously it is not your responsibility to make that happen, but it might be something to mention if you speak to her daughter or APS.

Can you avoid being on your porch at the time she usually walks her dog? This is not a permanent solution, but perhaps it would minimize the conflict for now.

This sort of supports the theory that no good deed goes unpunished, doesn't it?
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Perhaps she had a stroke? Generally speaking we have two choices. Police or medical authority. I think I would call Area on Aging and ask for them to check on her. It may be the notice the daughter needs to realize mom needs help.
If it continues ( especially if it escalates) then you may need to speak to the police. If you are answering back, it's an argument. If she is doing all the rough talking, then it's considered harassment.
I'm sure it's unpleasant. If she is predictable on when she is going to walk by, maybe you can avoid her?
My aunts neighbor was visiting aunt one day and started speaking gibberish. Aunt called neighbors daughter. Neighbor was angry with aunt for a long time for the call. Didn't want her daughters to know. Relationships carry responsibilities that aren't always easy to manage. You sound like a good neighbor. She might need medical care she isn't getting.
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Sounds like they've already tried the daughter and been given the brush-off? But worth another go, with greater stress on the urgency of the situation.

Does the over-55s community have some sort of administrator or residents' committee you could approach discreetly for advice?
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I know you are concerned about her welfare, and it sounds as if she has dementia of some sort. I suppose all you can do is stay away from her and don't feed into it. Maybe you could call her daughter or someone in her family, and let them know how she is acting. Next thing you know, her house will burn down with her in it. She needs help. Good luck
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There is not a whole lot you can do. Just leave her alone for awhile. I would put it on the daughter. Notify her daughter and tell her your concerns.

My mom has Alzheimer's. When she lived alone, her behavior was getting more bizarre. She literally became the crazy old lady on the block. Everyone starting calling me; the police, the neighbors, relatives, etc. Every one kept telling me "I had to do something about mom". Sounds like its daughters time to step in.

Also if she keeps coming on your porch yelling at you. Call the police, tell them you are concerned about the neighbor. That way they have a record.
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It does sound like dementia and, if it is, there's nothing you can do or say to this woman to change the "reality" that's in her head. My mother was accusing neighbors of stealing dirt and rocks from her yard for years before I understood what was going on. It didn't matter how many times I tried explaining why no one would want her dirt because they had plenty of their own, etc.. If her daughter doesn't see her mother much she may not realize what's going on. I was long distance until I moved my mother closer to me and then I realized exactly what the situation was. It's not fun to deal with someone like this even if there's a medical reason for it. Best of luck!
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