Delusions in the Elderly Articles
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.9 Comments
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.4 Comments
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.84 Comments
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?38 Comments
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.24 Comments
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.7 Comments
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.4 Comments
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.120 Comments
UTIs and Dementia in Seniors: Impact and Treatment Options
Urinary tract infection (UTI) and dementia: Urinary tract infections in elders with dementia are more difficult to identify. Learn how UTIs affect seniors with dementia and treatment options to minimize recurrence.3 Comments
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.29 Comments
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.154 Comments
How To Know If Your Parent Has Dementia
Dementia is not a normal part of the aging process. Explore signs, symptoms and what to do if a senior is showing signs of dementia.30 Comments
How to Handle an Elderly Parent's Bad Behavior
Fellow caregivers share their advice and real-life experiences with responding to and managing an aging loved one’s personality changes and difficult behaviors.147 Comments
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.83 Comments
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.1 Comment
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?6 Comments
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.2 Comments
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.69 Comments
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.9 Comments
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.27 Comments