Learning About Aging, Self and Decline

I had a very disturbing call with my 86 year old mother early this week who is trying to manage the care of her sister, who is 88, and lives in an assisted living facility. My aunt, who has a long history of paranoia is now rapidly descending into extreme paranoia and delusions. My aunt believes that there are people living in her closet, led by a man, who are stealing from her and selling her things to make money. My aunt has a psychiatrist interview her yesterday at the request of the facility, but the doctor only felt that she was depressed and prescribed an antidepressant. My aunt was successful in hiding her paranoia and delusions. Taking care of her elder sister is extremely stressful and exhausting for my mother. Continue reading