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I brought up this question a little over a week ago concerning my mother who has had Alzheimers/Dementia for 6 years and is in a Care Center and was doing very well. However, in the last two weeks she is now a totally different person. I have lessened my visits to 1 a week just to check on her well being and my son is getting hesitant about going at all. He cannot believe who she has become! She cannot carry on a conversation with ME at all without screaming at me, mocking me, being sarcastic to me and just outrageous. I am still considering my brothers phone calls to her as being behind this change and the fact that he is encouraging her to speak this way to me by lying to her about me (ie, I stole all her money, I stuck her in this place to get rid of her, I had all her animals killed, etc) and the Care Center is considering it is a good possibility as they have seen him in action before! They are going to attempt to screen his calls if they are legally permitted. However, the possibility of course exists that her disease has just advanced in the matter of 1 or 2 weeks. My question, if this is the case, do they increase her meds and if there is any length of time this stage lasts? Also what stage IS this in Alzheimers/ Dementia Disease?

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I would suggest talking to her Dr. about changing or increasing her medications.

It sounds like you have the support of the staff and that's important but I'm not sure they will have the time or the resources to screen your brother's calls to your mom. Skilled facilities are usually short-staffed and over-burdened with too many patients.

Since you're concerned over your brother's phone calls to your mom, that he's spewing poison into her damaged brain to manipulate her, you can call Adult Protective Services and talk to them about it. I don't know if there's anything they can do but it wouldn't hurt to make a report.
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Make sure that they test her for a UTI, which can cause psychiatric symptoms in elders.

Is there a geriatric psychiatrist who can see her and perhaps get to the bottom of this issue?
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