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Part 3–Paranoia and Fear in the Elderly

Apr 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

This is the third in a series of articles about paranoia and fear in senior citizens, particularly older seniors.  The first article dealt with distinguishing between paranoia and fear; the second talked about paranoia and avenues for caretakers to deal with and manage it.  This article will focus on fear in the elderly. Fear is a […]

Caregiving for Elderly Parents With Paranoia

Oct 1st, 2010 | By | 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