An elderly parent with delusions is not easy to manage. Usually the delusions are caused by dementia. The delusions can be of two types: the first type is harmless wherein the elderly parent might think he is at home when in fact he is in the office, and the second type is paranoid delusion where he might think that someone is trying to rob his money or kill him.
When managing an elderly parent with delusions, you should be prepared for things to change from day to day. Remember if you suddenly have an elderly parent with delusions, there might be some underlying problems. Sudden onset of delusions could be a urinary tract infection or a blood clot. In which case, you should take your parent to see a doctor, who will be able to advice whether the delusion is permanent or temporary.
If the doctor does not see an underlying medical problem causing the delusion, then it is most probably caused by dementia. It is important when taking care of an elderly parent with delusions you make an effort to first believe yourself that the delusions and dementia are real. You have to work towards calming your parent and easing anything that could cause distress or agitation.
If an elderly parent with delusions get too violent or demonstrates other behavior that could be harmful to him or others, you should immediately call the emergency service to help you out. However, if you parent is on medication, the delusions may be under control, but you will have to make sure that your parent takes the medication on time.
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