When a senior begins to experience the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia, forgetting becomes somewhat of a fearful thing. Oftentimes, seniors will experience delusions, and adopt beliefs that are false. One of the most common forms of delusion is paranoia. Paranoia occurs when the person believes that everyone around them is lying, is mean, and is a bad person and they become suspicious of everything. It is difficult to communicate with the senior comfortably so Senior Helpers has collected some helpful tips to making it smoother.

  1. --Tell your doctor about the specific hallucinations your senior is having. They may be able to prescribe a medication that may help.
  2. -- Inform the doctor about all of the medications and treatments your senior is receiving as those could be the cause of the hallucinations.
  3. -- Always stay calm and try to calm down the person having the panic attack. Do not argue with them that the stuff they see does not exist.
  4. --Try distracting them. Go for a walk outside or simply change rooms. This can be very beneficial because they often forget what was upsetting them.
  5. -- Do not let them watch violent programs on television, as a person with Alzheimer’s may begin to believe it is real.
  6. -- Remove all objects around the person that can be used to hurt or injure others or themselves.

Paranoia may progress as memory loss becomes more frequent, and the person can create scenarios that did not actually happen. They may get very paranoid when they realized they misplaced something and may even believe someone took them on purpose. Seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia may forget the people in their environment and look to them as complete strangers. They do not like meeting new people as strangers seem harmful to them.

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s suffering from paranoia, don’t take it to heart and keep in mind it is not your loved one these words and actions are coming from, it is the disease talking.

Senior Helpers of Moraga serves seniors in all most of the Easts Bay in cities such as Danville, Walnut Creek, Orinda, Laffayette, Alameda, and others. To see if we provide in-home care where your senior lives, call 925-376-8000 or visit seniorhelpers.com/contracosta.

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