Alzheimer’s and dementia are disorders that effect how people perceive the world. Many people associate memory loss problems with these disorders. While that is true, these disorders can bring about other symptoms as well. One of those symptoms can be delusions. These delusions can cause much strain for caregivers and family members of the person who has the disorder. They also cause much stress and confusion for the person with the disorder. Below are some ways for dealing with these delusions when they rise.
When Alzheimer and dementia patients have these delusions, keep in mind that it is the disease talking. This is the most important thing. Caregivers and family members need to try to not take offense to what their loved one is saying as much as possible. Try not to allow yourself to get too hurt and respond in anger.
The second step is to not argue with the person. Arguing with the person will only agitate their mental state further and in many cases, will only reaffirm to themselves that their thinking is correct. Acknowledge their opinions and move on with the conversation.
When responding to the person having the delusions, keep your answer simple. Long explanations can confuse people when they are in states of delirium. When answering, try to either divert the conversation to something else, or acknowledge what the person has said but state that you will talk about it later.
Don’t keep your experiences to yourself. It’s easy to say, “Don’t let the delusions get to you,” but that is easier said than done. Speaking with someone you trust about any conflicts like this may help you feel better.
Alzheimer’s and dementia are never easy to deal with. If you, or someone you love, are dealing with issues such as memory loss or delusions, we can help. We can set up a consultation with you to help you form a plan for going forward with your care.