Posts Tagged ‘ Alzheimers and paranoia ’

THE SADNESS OF AN ELDERLY LOVED ONE LOST BEFORE DYING

Nov 30th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There is an enormous loss when a loved one begins checking out before dying. The occasion is demonstrated in a variety of forms, over a period of time, but when it becomes evident to the observer, it is too late to ask those last lingering questions that are now locked behind those eyes and in that mind that no longer functions well. It is sad. It is painful. The recognition comes that what once was able to be shared so readily is now cocooned in a dark somewhere, impossible to plumb. If it is there, it is behind locked doors for which there is no key. Being able to say those remarkably precious words, “do you remember?” no longer applies. An end to one journey and the start of another has begun.

Paranoia, dementia, Alzheimer’s, other cognitive functions and inabilities begin to show their ugly face. They take the form of sheer forgetfulness of selected things at first, and then more generic, more and more. Anger and paranoia are



Caregiving for Elderly Parents With Paranoia

Oct 1st, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregiving for the elderly parents of our SCJ editors seems to be replete with topics for discussion these days. The next one on the list is paranoia. Our elderly parents are in their 90s, with one in her mid-80s. If we believed in the position of the moon or what just got dumped into the public water system, we would have a way of explaining why they all got paranoid at the same time. But, in reality, there are other very plausible explanations.

Paranoia is one of the symptoms of dementia, and particularly Alzheimers. With any form of dementia, the brain functioning is compromised/altered and the elderly individual often becomes paranoid about any variety of issues–finances, caregivers, terrorism, etc. Medications may exacerbate the problem, and the elderly person’s primary care physician needs to evaluate that possibility. However, for most elderly seniors, paranoia is just part