1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. motherof2

    motherof2 Registered User

    Nov 13, 2015
    1
    Is paranoia normal in the early stages.
     
  2. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,383
    Female
    South coast
    It usually happens in the middle stages, rather than early ones, but I suppose it could happen earlier.
    It was when mum started to be convinced that people were coming into her home and stealing things and she thought that the family were all after her money that I suddenly woke up and began to realise that her forgetfulness wasnt just "old age". It was indeed dementia and she had had it for a while, but it was only when it started to affect her behaviour that it dawned on that there was a problem.
     
  3. Bod

    Bod Registered User

    Aug 30, 2013
    1,111
    Get medication checked by GP.
    Strong painkillers can cause problems, especially if not being taken correctly.
    Are medications being taken correctly? Don't rely on being told so, what do you see for yourself.

    Bod
     
  4. Toddleo

    Toddleo Registered User

    Oct 7, 2015
    412
    paranoia

    mother of 2, my mum had terrible paranoia, we did not even know that she had alzheimers at the time - daft as that may seem.

    She is now on medication for anxiety, depression and anti psychotics - which is another story! but, the paranoia has definitley improved, but not completely gone away. Apparently, mum has middle stage alzheimers, I would only be guessing as to whether the paranoia started in the early stages or not.
     
  5. Witzend

    Witzend Registered User

    Aug 29, 2007
    4,282
    SW London
    Thinking that neighbours were stealing things (mostly things nobody in their right mind would want anyway) was one of the early signs in my FIL, but because we were completely new to it all we didn't realise it was down to dementia.
    Once it had clicked, a lot of other behaviour made sense, much of which we had put down to his innate stubbornness - putting tins of soup in the freezer was just one I still remember.
     

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