Paranoia in the Elderly

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is Alzheimer's Behavior the Patient’s Problem or the Caregiver's?

    Alzheimer’s bad behaviors that aren't necessarily dangerous, but impact caregivers: Coping with the new normalcy when you are an Alzheimer’s caregiver and experiencing Alzheimer's bad behavior.

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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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  • Mom is afraid of everyone who comes to the house. How can I help?

    Absolutely! Better yet, make an appointment and take your mom to the doctor, so you can discuss this in-depth with the doctor, because unless you have a durable power of attorney, they will not be able to discuss your mother's health with you over the phone.

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