Hallucinations in the Elderly

  • 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.

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  • 5 Ways to Manage Dementia-Related Hallucinations

    Two of the most frightening and troublesome side effects of dementia are hallucinations and delusions. They are very real to the person who is experiencing them but highly frustrating for caregivers to deal with.

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  • Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia Related to Dementia

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

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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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  • 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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  • Sundown Syndrome Can Worsen During Fall and Winter Months

    Sundowning can happen with dementia patients year-round, but during autumn and winter, the effects can be magnified due to shorter, darker days. Be aware of the causes of and treatments for this dementia-related behavior.

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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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  • 8 Facts to Know About Lewy Body Dementia

    Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a type of dementia that is often overshadowed by the most prevalent kind, Alzheimer's disease. To clear up the confusion, here are eight facts everyone should know about LBD.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • UTIs in the Elderly: Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in seniors can cause serious health complications. Learn how to spot the behavioral and physical symptoms of UTI in elderly individuals and how to reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs.

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  • Caring for a Senior With Alzheimer's At Home: Tips & Strategies

    When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, some families make the decision to care for them at home. Incorporate these caregiving tips and strategies into your daily routine.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • What Am I Doing Here?

    After blanking out during a recent speaking engagement, I realized how few people know about or recognize the signs of dementia. Patient perspectives are crucial to achieving a better understanding of this disease.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Handling Dementia Behaviors in Adult Day Care

    Adult day care staff members are trained to handle dementia behaviors, including: anxiety, hallucinations, wandering and aggression.

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