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Managing False Accusations & Paranoia in Seniors

Judie Rappaport
October 1, 2014

Dear Judie, 


My mother-in-law who is in her late 80s constantly complains that her neighbors are stealing magazines, clothing and other items from her. She had her locks changed four times in two months. She even called the police. Needless to say, she isn’t the best-liked person at her condo. What’s going on?

- F.C., PSL 


Dear F.C., 


Paranoia symptoms may stem from adverse medication reactions, alcohol or drug abuse, dehydration, malnutrition, depression, Alzheimer’s dementia, or dozens of other conditions, some of which are treatable or reversible. Your mother-in-law needs a complete medical examination by a board certified geriatric physician. In her current state, the best approach is to tell her the appointment is for a non-related problem like a sore back or arthritis pain. At this point, it is unlikely she can properly manage her own nutrition, medication, or drive safely and it is unwise for her to live alone.



Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
Preferred Lifestyle Services

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