Posts Tagged ‘ elderly 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



FIRST AID FOR SENIORS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

Nov 7th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

First Responder Help for Seniors with Mental Health Problems Many of us senior citizens have experienced times when loved ones and friends have exhibited really strange behavior, and we didn’t know what to do or how to respond. Aunt Lizzie suddenly breaks into tears at the drop of a hat with no observable provocation.  Uncle [...]



Elderly Paranoia, Part 2

Mar 28th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Paranoia is common in elderly and aging loved ones.  Fear is common as well.  This is the second in a series about paranoia and fear, and how to distinguish between the two.  The first article talked about what paranoia and fear are. This article helps us understand how we figure out whether someone is thinking irrationally or realistically about [...]



Elderly Paranoia and Rational Fear: Distinguishing Between the Two

Mar 19th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Grandma is convinced her offspring are stealing her money.  Uncle Fred lives in an assisted living facility and recently complained about missing some items from his room.  Dad and Mom are afraid of neighbors living in public housing down the street.  How can you distinguish between elderly paranoia and reasonable fear of something that is real [...]