Posted on Feb 02, 2015
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.
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.