Delusions in the Elderly

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

    Capgras is a delusional misidentification syndrome that can complicate a dementia patient’s quality of life and their family members’ efforts to care for them. Learn the best ways to handle delusions and foster positive interactions with your loved one.

  • 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.

  • Paranoia, Hallucinations and Delusions in Dementia Patients

    Learn the differences between these common dementia-related behaviors and the best techniques for coping with them.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Daylight Saving Time Can Trigger Sundowning Behaviors

    For seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, daylight saving time may exacerbate the symptoms of sundowning. Changes in daylight, mealtimes and sleep schedules often bring added emotional, behavioral and cognitive difficulties.

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

    Shakiness, unsteady gait and freezing are the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but half of those with PD also develop hallucinations, paranoid thinking and delusions.

  • Is Using Validation for Dementia Calming or Condescending?

    Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Using “therapeutic fibbing” to validate their perceptions and feelings is the kindest, most respectful way to handle confusion, hallucinations and delusions.

  • UTIs and Dementia in Seniors: Impact and Treatment Options

    Urinary tract infections (UTI) in elders are common and are especially challenging to diagnose in elders with dementia. Learn how this condition affects older adults and what treatment options can help prevent recurrent UTI in dementia patients.

  • UTIs Cause Unusual Behavioral Symptoms in Elders

    Seniors with urinary tract infections may not exhibit classic physical symptoms. Instead, confusion and mental and behavior changes can be the tell-tale signs of a UTI.

  • Confabulation in Dementia Can Feel Like Hurtful Lies

    Memory loss is a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but neurological damage can also cause patients to make up hurtful stories and level false accusations toward their caregivers.

  • How to Know if Your Parent Has Dementia

    A little forgetfulness can be brushed off as aging, but a repetitive pattern of memory loss or recurring signs of behavior change may lead to larger concerns about an elderly parent.

  • Dealing With an Elderly Parent’s Difficult Behavior

    Family caregivers are constantly seeking answers on how to deal with irrational elderly parents and their quirks. We’ve compiled 10 difficult behaviors that elders exhibit and offer tips for coping with each of them.

  • Understanding and Minimizing Sundowners Syndrome

    Sundown syndrome, or sundowning, is a pattern of sadness, agitation, fear, delusions and hallucinations that occurs in some dementia patients just before nightfall. Learn about sundowning symptoms and how to cope with these disruptive behaviors.

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

    The 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?

  • 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.

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

    Just as many caregivers agonize over what to do about a senior’s unsafe driving, more families are facing another serious dilemma: taking guns away from elderly loved ones. A veteran caregiver weighs in on concerns about elder gun owners.

  • Dementia-related Behaviors: Managing Public Outbursts

    Any dementia caregiver who has been mortified by a loved one’s public meltdown has contemplated limiting the frequency of their outings. Use these tips to prevent and defuse agitation and handle meltdowns with tact.

  • When Dementia Patients Claim to See and Speak With Deceased Relatives

    Dementia-related behaviors like delusions and hallucinations can be difficult for caregivers to accept and manage. These symptoms may manifest as dementia patients seeing and talking to dead loved ones.

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