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bruuuno 5:24 Sat May 11
Hallucinations in the elderly
I have a family member who was very ill a while back and suffers nightmares and delusions. Since the infection they have continued to have delusions/hallucinations etc. Otherwise they are of sound mind.

Has anyone encountered this before? I’m thinking it might be some kind of flashback effect from when they were delirious.

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J.Riddle 3:56 Sun May 12
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
Cirrhosis can give these symptoms, its either infection and or ammonia that gets in the blood stream and goes to the brain, can also cause coma an dementia.

Billy Blagg 2:38 Sun May 12
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Mart O 9:53 Sat May 11
Thanks Mart. Managing, kind of, but it's tough. I adored her and she was my world; not having her in it is just so painful. What's made this thread relevant though is the fact in trying to sort out everyday stuff, I've read some emails and txts that, in another decade, I wouldn't have seen. Weird stuff just about it covers it. Things that made no sense and were easily explainable but somehow she made them out to be fact. As one example, she was convinced I was seeing someone else and I can't think why. Trouble Is after, you start thinking 'did I not do enough?' and it eats you up. I'm smart enough to know what's happening and to try and stop it but...well, it's hard. I sympathise with anyone going through this.

Hammer and Pickle 2:21 Sun May 12
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
I’m sure he is a very nice bloke and down the pub, I’d happily exchange rounds of ale with the fellow.

All the best Sir.

HairyHammer 12:41 Sun May 12
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
It is very normal for people who get a bad case of selulitis and this has happened to close family of mine.


Systemic infections often cause delirium, especially in the elderly. A common scenario involves the development of an acute cognitive decline in the setting of a urinary tract infection in a patient with baseline dementia. Pneumonia, skin infections such as cellulitis, and frank sepsis also lead to delirium.

smartypants 12:23 Sun May 12
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
My dad had hallucinations and paranoia which was the start of him getting lewi body dementia, it’s quite common with that apparently. Frighted the life out of him, but settled down when he went into a home, although the same sort of stuff occurred after when he had a urine infection.

Westham67 12:01 Sun May 12
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
If she is delusional from an infection she should have intravenous anti-bionics

bruuuno 11:39 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
Thanks to everyone for taking time to reply. The reason I havent thought of Parkinson’s/dementia is they don’t seem to be showing other symptoms. Just the hallucinations.

Mart O 9:53 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
Billy,

Through my old fellah having dementia I've encountered others with similar conditions. The kind of story you relate below about your wife (RIP) is surprisingly common to hear. The daughter of one Alzheimer's sufferer told me after he died that so many aspects of his behaviour (some fairly weird stuff, tbf) that had bewildered them for years prior to his diagnosis suddenly seemed clearer.

Hope you're bearing up too, fellah.

Oh, and AG ! @ Debs and zico. With this kind of shite you've got to take your laughs where you can find 'em.

lab 9:10 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
Although I have nothing to contribute I find threads like this very interesting .WHO .

Billy Blagg 9:02 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
Gail become very delusional last year bruuuno and it was down to her liver not sifting out the 'bad stuff'. She died of liver failure although she certainly wasn't elderly. Thing is after it was all over, I realised she'd had strange thoughts and ideas going back - literally - decades (she would get a 'theory' in her head about something and it would crystallize to fact) and, as she had Lupus which gave her 'fatty liver', I now believe this had been going on for years and no-one had spotted it. But don't start me on Doctors and hospitals. Liver issues may be involved though, is all I'm saying.

Darlo Debs 7:12 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
Branded lol how very dare you

zico 7:08 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
My mum who is in hospital at the moment has gone down with delirium and had been having odd hallucinations prior to the infection that took her in. Apparently delirium is harder to recover from in someone with dementia and of course that's more common the older you are so it 's worth getting her checked out.

My brother in laws dad has Parkinson's and also suffers from hallucinations. It has it's humorous moments he said. Once his dad's wife left the room he turned to my brother in law and said calmly. "Andy, tell me truthfully - Is there a Native American Indian sitting next to you?!"

BRANDED 7:05 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
You should have said “ yeah, she’s Wall too”

Darlo Debs 6:50 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
A few years back i used to.look after an old lady with dementia. She wasn't a morning person and would follow you about complaining about everything. Just let it go and tried to change the subject. Anyway one day i went back in at lunchtime and poor woman had forgotten i.had been there that morning and said she liked me better than the woman who had been there in the morning.
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I genuinely didn't know how to respond to being complained about myself to me.

pulhampete 6:37 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
Good friend of mine suffered a head injury a few years back, fell out of the loft hatch and landed on his head on a hard ceramic tile floor. He's got permanent brain damage, stutters a lot, has no strong memories of the last ten years, forgets names, places etc. He also gets very real hallucinations. His wife found him in the kitchen at 3am making six cups of tea for the workmen who he could see digging a massive hole in the kitchen floor. They had flashing warning lights and barriers up, the full works. To him it was very real.
He also sometimes sees soldiers from the American civil war limping passed while he's watching the telly.

That's enough to drive you round the bend!

BRANDED 6:36 Sat May 11
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My mum had both the pneumonia and uni problems. Just keep at the services.

Mart O 6:35 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
My mum's had a number of UTIs and lung infections over the past couple of years and has been quite bonkers with hallucinations, delusions etc. No instances of them reoccurring after the infections had cleared up though (I'd never heard of that, sounds like a nightmare).

Nursie's advice at 6:16 and 6:17 is the sort of thing I would have suggested, but you need to get them to a doctor.

Darlo Debs 6:29 Sat May 11
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oh and Sum 😀

Darlo Debs 6:28 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
bruu the hallucinations could be a sign that the pneumonia has returned or not properly cleared. Get her checked out. Was literally dealing with this issue with one of my service users this week

SUM A DING WONG 6:21 Sat May 11
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"But that cleared up months ago and they’re still having delusions."

I can't really give any advice on this, personally.

Have you tried going on any Tottenham websites? They have massive experience in having delusions.

Nurse Ratched 6:17 Sat May 11
Re: Hallucinations in the elderly
Might also want to get their kidney and liver function checked out, and make sure they're not dehydrated.

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