“The Polar Bear Poops on the Rug”: Paranoia and Hallucinations
Dana Olivia Dunn Territo [+]
Advocate for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease
During the moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease, many individuals grow increasingly paranoid of those around them, faulting them for stealing or infidelity. Likewise, affected individuals experience hallucinations, seeing, hearing or even smelling things that are not there. Problematic for caregivers, these behaviors are best managed by validation, redirection and reassurance.