October 9th, 2014 8:52 AM
My family has encountered an awkward reality with my father's progressing Alzheimer's. He has been in an Alzheimer's facility for two years and my mother, his wife of 64 years, continues to visit almost daily. However another resident of the facility has decided my father is an appropriate companion and has taken to sitting close, petting, and leading my father around on walks. This has greatly distressed my mother. The staff have responded by encouraging re-direction, for which we are grateful, however this marks a significant milestone for our family's acknowledgement of the loss. I'd appreciate any suggestions for what encouragement I might offer my mother.