Paranoia in the Elderly

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Q: What causes paranoia in the elderly?
Paranoia is centered around suspiciousness. Elderly individuals often project hostility and frustration onto caregivers through exaggerated or unwarranted worries about their health, safety or care. Learn more about responding to paranoia in the elderly >>
Q: Is paranoia a symptom of dementia?
In early stages of dementia, individuals might exhibit changes in personality and sudden mood swings. They could become fearful, suspicious, paranoid, depressed or anxious. Learn More: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia
Q: How do I cope with false accusations from a dementia patient?
Most false accusations stem from a dementia patient’s inability to connect with reality. Oftentimes fueled by paranoia, these confabulations aren’t just emotionally devastating; they can have dire legal and financial ramifications for family caregivers. Dementia, Delusions and False Accusations >
Q: Why do dementia patients believe people are stealing from them?
People with dementia often get paranoid about their personal belongings being stolen. As confusion increases and cognition declines, elders feel vulnerable as they realize that they cannot remember or keep track of their things. Read: Alzheimer's- Theft, Paranoia or Forgetfulness?