Overview: False Accusations and Paranoia

Imagine what it would be like to not know what is happening around you. Or what if you couldn’t recognize everyone in your life? Paranoia is a condition that develops, partly through fear, as the symptoms of dementia set in. As your loved one loses the ability to recognize family,… Read More

Tips for Dealing with a Loved One with Dementia that Constantly Accuses Me of Stealing

This is a very common problem! People with dementia often become suspicious and accuse family and caregivers of stealing from them. Try assessing the situation. For example, is it always a loved one’s purse that is missing? If so, you might try putting the purse in a place that this… Read More

5 Tips on How to Deal with False Accusations

Do not argue. Support what your loved one says they are feeling. If accusations occur frequently, look at whether your loved one is accusing the same person. Ask your loved one’s physician about ways to help them feel secure and safe. It could be helpful to enroll your loved one… Read More

3 Tips on Dealing with Paranoia

The caregiver should keep a log of your loved one and the cause of their agitation and threats. Consider adding a camera to the home. Be sure legal papers are in order in case the police are called. Read More

What to Do When Your Loved One Accusses You of Stealing

Do not argue. Consider putting items in same place so your loved one can see them. Write a note that says where certain items are places. Reassure your loved one. Read More

What to Do If Your Family Member is Alone and Paranoid

Take time to reflect on whether it is a good idea for your loved one to still be on their own. Consider hiring good in-home care. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association in your area. Read More

3 Quick Tips to Help Prevent False Accusations and Paranoia

Keep a journal to determine if there are times of day or situations that can cause your loved one to be paranoid. Talk with other family members about a safe place to store valuables. Look for ways to help your loved one maintain control as much of their life as… Read More

Conversation Tips When One is Falsely Accusing or Paranoid

“This must be difficult for you. We’ll get through it together.” “Isn’t it wonderful that we have each other and that I can help out!” “Dad, I’m sorry you are upset. Your doctor told you that you have some memory loss. Here is your wallet.” “Mom, I understand that you’re… Read More

Successful Strategies for False Accusations and Paranoia

Redirect your loved one. If you are accused of something, even if you didn’t do it, calmly apologize and take blame. If someone else is accused, stay calm and look for an opportunity to change the subject. Keep your family member’s friends up-to-date about their situation. Provide your family member… Read More

Recommendations for Caregiver Handling False Accusations and Paranoia

Join support groups and encourage others to do the same. Make a list of things you enjoy doing to reduce stress. Don’t neglect important aspects of your own life. Read More