Sometimes it really is impossible to tell the difference. Like Lyn, I also agree that there is some basis of reality in whatever they say, but the end story that comes out can be really off base, especially if there is the element of paranoia involved.
My Aunt cannot accept that she is having such memory problems and so she has decided that someone is coming in and moving her things and/or thowing them out. When we got it down to where there was absolutely nobody in the family to blame, she decided that the tenant upstairs must be sneaking in at night while she slept and moving her papers. To solve that problem, we added a security chain to the door. Now nobody can get in once she locks it, but still, the next week, she got me up on a chair checking the tops of her closets for a hole that he could climb through!
I know how frustrating it is when I forget something and just can't imagine how difficult and scary it must be to be in my Aunt's position. Almost 90, almost blind and all alone with your belongings constantly shifting places because you can't remember moving them. How awful!
So anyway, the reality for my Aunt is that her things do move from place to place and then the fantasy comes in to protect herself and the mover has got to be someone else because she doesn't remember moving it.
We did get her a script
for Aricept about
a month ago, but she was reluctant to take it because she's been lucky enough to notneed any other medications besides eye drops for her Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration. After weeks of me trying she finally starting taking it last week. I hope that this can help her some and that there is some improvement soon.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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