Delusions in the Elderly

  • Capgras Syndrome: How to Cope with a Loved One's Delusions

    Capgras is a type of delusional misidentification syndrome that can complicate a dementia patient’s quality of life. Learn the best way to handle delusions and foster positive interactions with your loved one.

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  • A Spouse’s Experience: Caring for a Loved One with Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis

    Hallucinations and delusions are troubling symptoms that can develop in the mid to late stages of PD. A spousal caregiver shares her experiences with her husband’s psychotic episodes in order to raise awareness of this little-known facet of the disease.

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  • Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia Related to Dementia

    Learn the differences between these three common dementia behaviors and the best techniques for how to respond to them.

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  • Dreams, Past Events & Delusions: What is Reality for People With Dementia?

    When Alzheimer's or dementia sets in, dreams and past events enter delusional thinking and can seem like current reality to elders. What's a caregiver to do?

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  • Alzheimer's: Theft, Paranoia or Forgetfulness?

    When dealing with the delusions and paranoia that often accompany Alzheimer's disease, caregivers commonly face accusations of theft. An experienced caregiver offers advice on how to deal with a dementia patient who believes others are stealing.

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  • What's the difference between Alzheimer's hallucinations and delusions?

    Alzheimer's hallucinations and delusions can be confusing and frightening for everyone involved. If you're caring for someone with Alzheimer's it is important to understand the difference between a hallucination and a delusion.

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  • Parkinson's Disease Psychosis: A Little-Known Symptom of PD

    Shakiness and freezing are the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but another serious feature of this condition can cause patients to hallucinate and have paranoid delusions.

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  • Is Using Validation for Dementia Calming or Condescending?

    People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Validating a loved one’s perceptions via “therapeutic fibbing” can be the kindest, most respectful way to handle hallucinations and delusions.

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  • UTIs and Dementia in Seniors: Impact and Treatment Options

    Urinary tract infections (UTI) in elders with dementia can be challenging to diagnose. Learn how UTIs affect seniors and what treatment options can help prevent recurring infections.

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  • UTIs Cause Unusual Behavioral Symptoms in Elders

    Seniors with urinary tract infections usually don't exhibit the textbook symptoms that younger people do. Instead, confusion and sudden changes in behavior can be the tell-tale signs of a UTI.

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  • Dementia Patients and Their Hurtful "Lies"

    Memory loss is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but neurological damage can also cause patients to make up stories and false accusations. The latter symptom is upsetting for caregivers, who are often the targets of these behaviors.

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  • How to Know if Your Parent Has Dementia

    It can be difficult to determine if a senior is showing signs of dementia or suffering from another health issue that impacts cognition. Explore signs, symptoms, and what to do if you think your parent has dementia.

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  • Dealing with an Elderly Parent's Bad Behavior

    The Caregiver Forum is filled with stories of demanding elderly parents, personality changes, hallucinations, and temper tantrums. Fellow caregivers share their advice on dealing with an aging loved one’s personality changes and difficult behaviors.

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  • Understanding and Minimizing Sundowner's Syndrome

    Sundowner’s syndrome or sundowning involves a pattern of sadness, agitation, fear, delusions and hallucinations that occur in dementia patients just before nightfall. The Increase in confusion at twilight is distressing for both patients and caregivers.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Coping with PD Psychosis

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for handling hallucinations and delusions associated with PD.

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  • When a Loved One Hears Voices, But No One is There

    Does your loved one suffer from mental illness or any form of dementia that causes them to be delusional, have hallucinations or hear voices? How do you handle it?

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  • Maybe It's Not Dementia After All

    After my father fell, his dementia seemed to progress rapidly. I learned firsthand that delirium can be a puzzling side effect of hospitalization in people of all ages.

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  • Armed and Aging: Should Seniors Be Allowed to Keep Guns?

    As with the ability to drive a car, the time may come for many elders when owning a firearm is no longer safe. Their families then face an emotional and sometimes risky decision regarding how and when to remove this hazard.

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  • When Dementia Patients See and Speak with Deceased Relatives

    Dementia-related behaviors like delusions and hallucinations can be difficult for caregivers to accept and manage. While some fluctuations in lucidity are normal, abrupt changes in a loved one’s mental status can be a red flag.

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  • How to Care for Someone Who Has Alzheimer's Disease

    Information and advice for coping with some of the most common challenges faced by family caring for an aging loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

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