Capgras Syndrome Dementia Part 2: follows from where I wrote about my mother and our journey with Alzheimers Dementia. Frontal Lobe Dementia then also Capgras Syndrome Dementia.
Imagine believing your husband is not your husband but an Impostor and your home is not your home. You want to find your husband and your home,this happened to my mum who was already suffering Dementia. Could life be any more cruel, this is Capgras Syndrome Symptoms
Capgras Syndrome Dementia Part 2
I clearly remember more of the issues we battled through with Capgras Delusion Syndrome. Than all the other Dementia behavioral problems throughout the 6 years of mums suffering.
We worked out our own ways to cope during times of dad being the impostor in mums eyes and mind. I can’t say they always worked.
During days at home when dad was not dad I knew we had to try and bring in familiar and long term habits. Habits of dads that had been a part of him throughout their marriage.
Dad was a great whistler always whistling a tune he would walk out the front door and walk around the block slowly.
Returning home the closer he got he started whistling loudly and entered through their back door calling out to mum that he was home and where was she.
You know this subterfuge nearly always worked and mum would be so happy and ask him where on earth he had been.
I can highly recommend anything similar that you can use yourself.Think of very familiar habits that have been a part of your relationship. Whether a daughter,son or partner,leave one way come back another.
Bedtimes could be a most awful time when again Dad was another man,the Impostor.
I wrote in my last post ” Can you even imagine how a lady born in 1930 was going to cope with a strange man in her bed, not well. In fact sometimes mum said several different men appeared.
My darling Dad set up the spare room, made the bed up and he would wait until after mum was in her nightie and attempt to get in bed.
If he sensed all was not well he would just tell mum that he would go to his own room. If she needed him to yell out sometimes mum would agree and another she would just turn over and go to sleep..
Sad but true and it must have been hard for Dad but he coped admirably.
I have already written on one of the times on a cold blustery night when in mums mind she was not in her own home. I won’t repeat it all here as you can read it in my previous post.
Again we found it better to take mum out for a drive as if looking for her home than to try and reason with her. Return home and make a big thing about having found the right house.
What we see is what we believe and so it is for the sufferer of Capgras Syndrome Dementia
Capgras Syndrome Treatment
One day on a visit to her specialist it was suggested mum try a medication called Risperidone or Risperdal. Found to relieve behavioral symptoms in Dementia and Schizophrenia.
Risperidone was like a miracle for my mum she quickly became the wife and mother we had known.
Risperidone was not covered under our medical aid system at that time it was costing $100 per month, we didn’t care, we would pay any amount.
18 months free of this horrible Capgras Delusion Syndrome before mum once again started to slip back. We will always give thanks for that wonderful time when mum and dad were even able to go on a holiday together.