As Alzheimer’s progresses, you may notice your parent becoming increasingly suspicious. This behavior does not occur in every person with Alzheimer’s. When it does occur, it is usually in the middle-to late-stages of this disease and can coincide with loss of memory and confusion. This type of behavior often portrays itself as accusing family or friends of theft or inappropriate behavior.
People with Alzheimer’s often hide things in search for a sense of security or due to their delusions that those around them are stealing from them. They forget that they hid the item and then proceed to accuse a loved one of stealing the very item that they hid. They can also be concerned about other’s following them and go to great lengths to ensure that they are not.
The solution lies in your ability to realize that your parent has a disease that is affecting their brain. This is not just old-age settling in and personality traits becoming exaggerated. This is a disease. This will help you put events in perspective when they accuse you or others unjustly. Don’t take it personally and don’t lose your sense of humor. Though trying, there can be something a little humorous about your parent deciding to keep the house keys in the refrigerator. Keeping their environment uncluttered and simple will help you locate “stolen” objects much easier. Keep certain rooms, cabinets and drawers locked. Become familiar with their hiding places.
It is useless to argue with a person that is delusional. Show calm concern and provide reassurance. When the time is right, try to distract them by bringing their attention to another activity—perhaps a board game, movie, or a walk around the neighborhood.
If the delusions become serious and frequent, make an appointment with their health care provider. In severe instances, medication may be in order. This should always be a last resort as antipsychotic drugs are associated with an increased susceptibility to stroke and other diseases.
Elderly Care Provider
You will need some time to recharge in the course of caring for your parent with Alzheimer’s. An elderly care provider can care for your parent when you need time to regroup. Giving yourself time to rejuvenate is important to both you and your parent. The degree to which you can care for your parent in a calm and focused manner will be in proportion to the time you have allocated to other aspects of your life and the things you love. These professionals have assisted many seniors with this disease and know what to expect. They are knowledgeable in communication strategies. They can assist with the daily activities of living as well as provide that all-important companionship.
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After 14 years in business, Sharon fully immersed herself in the Senior community. She became the President of the Senior Commission in her home town of Metuchen, NJ. She is also on the Accessibility Commission in Metuchen. Sharon has been a member of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce since 2002.
Sharon grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and moved to Metuchen in 1999.
Sharon has learned a lot about the needs of seniors and their families. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be handled individually. Sharon likes to get to know her clients by communicating with them and finding out what would make their difficult situation a little more pleasant.
In her free time, Sharon has two children that keep her busy and enjoys playing tennis whenever she can.