by Joyce
(Chagrin Falls, Ohio)

My 90 year old mother believes that she still owns the house next door and that "squatters" are living there rent free.

She believes that she is paying their property taxes and utilities. She calls locksmiths to come change their locks, calls the post office to have their mail delivery stopped, etc.

We have tried to show her the public records that show the title transfer of the house, etc. to no avail.

If you tell her that she no longer owns the property she becomes very angry. How are you supposed to deal with this?

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Jul 30, 2015
Re: Delusions
by: Anonymous

I'm sorry to laugh, but just reading your comment gave me a laugh - although I KNOW the situation is NOT funny to you!! Sometimes what others go thru make our trials seem small, or at least give us a way to laugh about how crazy this all is.

Fortunately my mom hasn't started getting dementia or Alzheimer's. She's just old and weak, so needs our help (which, as you know, is very tiring and time consuming.)

But I have friends with parents who are losing their mental faculties and their number one rule is: You can't change their minds, so find a way to pacify them. Maybe tell her, for instance, "yes, you're right!

I'll call the locksmith right now myself." Then tell her "it's been taken care of." That might be enough to satisfy her.

My grandmother lived with us in her 90's and she had a weird idea that "strings" were hanging off of her, all over. Sometimes she would pull her hand out at arms length and say "LOOK how long it is! It's driving me crazy!"

Instead of trying to convince her (unsuccessfully again) that there were no strings, I went along with her one time - I got my scissors out and pretended to be cutting those "strings" off of her. She was so grateful and didn't complain about "strings" again for 3 weeks, at which time we just trimmed the imaginary things off again.

Sometimes it's better to go along with them, than fight them, which I know from my friends is the mantra with Alzheimer's patients.

Good luck.

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