Does anyone have any advice they can offer for this tricky issue? My mother (77) has vascular dementia with Alzheimer's. My father is her carer and gives my mum her medication including any painkillers if she needs them. Over the last few months I have noticed that she keeps mentioning that she has taken paracetamol for something and when I ask her where she got them from she points to her chest of drawers in her bedroom. When I ask why she has got paracetamol in her room she becomes very defensive and says 'oh I only had a couple, they have all gone now'. If I ask her when she last took paracetamol she gets very confused and one minute she says she took them last night and the next minute she says it was a few hours ago. When I tell her that she should not be taking them herself as she can't be sure how frequently she is taking them she becomes aggressive saying she is not an idiot and she can remember taking a few tablets. A few days ago whilst she was downstairs I crept up to her room and quickly searched through the drawers and found little packets of paracetamol tucked away in lots of places so I gathered them up (the ones I could find) and hid them, informing my dad where they were. For months she has been feeling unwell and I have a suspicion that she has been taking too many of these pills and slightly overdosing on them as she cannot remember when she has taken them. I am worried about how she will react when she goes to look for them because she blames my dad for everything and gets very aggressive with him and he is quite frail. I will have to keep checking her room on a regular basis but I am also worried that I have not found them all and that she can still help herself. I can't ask her about it as it will just cause a big argument and she won't come clean if she does have any more. Sorry for the lengthy post, I can ramble on a bit.