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Bad Behavior - Paranoia and Hallucination in Elderly

 

Paranoia and hallucinations in the elderly can take many forms, from accusing family members of stealing, seeing people who aren't there or believing someone is trying to murder them.

 

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What to do if your loved one is paranoid and hallucinating?

 

Sometimes hallucinations and delusions in elders are a sign of a physical illness. Keep track of what the elder is experiencing and discuss it with the doctor. It could also be a side-effect of a medication your elderly parent is taking. See your doctor, describe the symptoms and ask if your parent's medication needs to be changed.

 

Oftentimes, paranoia and hallucinations are associated with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. When this is the case, caregiving experts seem to agree: when faced with paranoia or hallucinations, the best thing to do is just relax and go with the flow. Often, trying to "talk them out" of a delusion won't work. Validation is a good coping technique, because what the elder is seeing, hearing or experiencing is very real to them.

 

Convincing them otherwise is fruitless.

 
 

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