Managing False Accusations and Paranoia
It’s not uncommon for people with early dementia to conclude things that are not true and do not make sense. These are classic signs of early dementia. Home Instead Senior Care has developed a series of short videos and other resources that are very useful at homeinstead.com. Just click on the Alzheimer’s disease tab at the top of the page. They have also developed helpforalzheimersfamilies.com. Both are excellent resources. You can listen to other people in your situation and learn more about dementia from the experts. You can also get helpful tips and articles delivered right to your inbox.
If you can afford it, a geriatric care manager can be a huge help. They can assess your loved one and his or her situation. They can also help you engage your loved one in a conversation about his or her needs—and yours as the caregiver—today and in the future. It may be helpful to see if your loved one might be willing to take this step now, while he or she is able to really participate. As a neutral third party and an expert at human relations, care managers can act as a buffer between your loved one and you and your family. You can find a listing of geriatric care managers in your area at caremanager.org. Simply click on “find a care manager”.
It’s important to be mindful of your loved one’s physical safety as he or she gets older. While this person may be mostly able to manage living on his or her own, he or she may not always be able to do so safely. This is another great reason to have your loved one’s situation checked out, and if needed, monitored by a geriatric care manager.