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Elderly Narcissists

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7 minutes ago, Sherapy said:

I am certified as a memory care specialist (dementia). There are 127 different types of dementia, how old is your mom? With the exception of early onset Alzheimer's old age is the leading cause of dementia. It is common for a person with dementia to be paranoid and based off your description it sounds like your mom is paranoid, even delusional and highly agitated due to it. The reason is because the part of the brain that regulates judgment ( frontal lobe) have lost the ability to tell reality from fact, so they think and act in accordance that their version of reality as if it is true, they can even think something on television is "their" reality. They can pick up other people's reality as if their own. Can you appeal to her logically? How is her memory? Family members can write off signs of dementia to stress, personality defects, narcissism etc. What is she doing at night that is preventing you from sleeping? From your post is sounds like she is delusional, having outbursts is a huge part of dementia too. Does she sundown? Does she need consistent help remembering to do basic things? Is she alone during the day? The best thing for you is to take her to a neuropsychologist, or her doctor especially if this behavior is a sudden development she could just have a UTI the symptoms can mimic dementia.

 

 

 

That is good advice, my mother passed away from dementia at the age of 86.

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2 minutes ago, .ZZ. said:

That is good advice, my mother passed away from dementia at the age of 86.

 

2 minutes ago, .ZZ. said:

That is good advice, my mother passed away from dementia at the age of 86.

I just ended a stint with as a live in caregiver for a lady who had vascular dementia, borderline personality disorder, and alcoholic dementia. She died in Dec., she was 88. Did you take care of your mom? This is a rough disease not only on caregivers, but families, and the patient the best thing is to get a diagnosis IMHO and go from there. 

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1 minute ago, Sherapy said:

 

I just ended a stint with as a live in caregiver for a lady who had vascular dementia, borderline personality disorder, and alcoholic dementia. She died in Dec., she was 88. Did you take care of your mom? This is a rough disease not only on caregivers, but families, and the patient the best thing is to get a diagnosis IMHO and go from there. 

She had been living in a senior assistance care center for her later years, she also had physical challenges. Towards the end she couldn't recognize her grand children, or at times not even my father or us kids. It was devastating see her condition deteriorating.

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As an elderly narcissists myself, I can relate. When I am cranky and in pain (physical or otherwise), what I am actually looking for is a hug and a smile from someone I love. You say she wants attention. Are you able to offer that to her in a loving manner? 

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