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What to do when my mother is talking to herself out loud?

tricutherell
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:15:55 GMT

My mom is 85 and has dementia. She talks to herself out loud even when we are in the same room. I was told she could be B12 deficiency. Is that true? I would ask her who she is talking to and how if there is no phone. She would tell me she talks to them in her head. Any supplements or vitamins to help help this problem of her? Thank You.

elderconsult
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:18:07 GMT

This can be a challenge. She may have the situation that if there is no input, then she will make it. My friends mother would yelp, "Help me, Help me!" and the caregiver would say to her, "What's wrong?" and she would answer, "Nothing" and then yelp, "Help me" when the caregiver left. Giving Ativan or Xanax, just makes the problem worse. I would advise never to use those meds or sleeping pills in elders with dementia. I would treat pain, a long acting Tylenol tab twice a day ( unless liver disease, ask your doctor) is a good start. Sometimes the elder is disinhibited and needs medication to help. That is trickier. We never want to sedate, but sometimes mood stabilizers can help. Good to check B12, that affects memory, nerve function and balance.

4oldstuff
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 21:38:45 GMT

Consider REM Sleep Behavior Disorder as a possibility. It can be related to Parkinson's and Lewy Body dementia. Take a look at Mayo Clinic information on the topic.