Sunday, July 31

Dealing with Hallucinating & Wandering in Alzheimer's


Delusions and hallucinations in dementia can trigger paranoia. This leads to challenging behaviors, such as false accusations of theft. Wandering can be especially frightening, striking 60% of people with Alzheimer's. Check out these tips to minimize and care for these challenges.

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  1. my daughter who has both Down Syndrome and possible Alzheimer's has complained for years about seeing 'butterflys or flys or bugs' on walls, floors, etc. But she doesn't complain about them during the day at day program or when she is engaged in activities. I am beginning to wonder if some of what she is seeing are 'floaters' in her eyes and interpreting these things as 'bugs'. I have had lots of floaters lately and wondering if some of her issues are these floaters? If so, no way to explain to her in a meaningful way that she is experiencing floaters and not bugs.....Still trying to sort out if there is any way to sort out this issue. eyes have been checked and they are fine....may try sunglasses indoors to see if they keep the awareness of the floaters to a minimum. If so the at least we have some explanation for her fears and discomfort. She does not complain about any other types of hallucinations as in seeing people or objects so I will post later if we see an improvement.

    1. Please look into tick-borne diseases being a possible infection and cause of floaters. ILADS and Lymedisease.org are excellent starting points for you to explore. (lyme disease and co-infections such as bartonella, babesia/babiosis, erlichiosis, and others, too.


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