My mother's dementia has worsened and she is now asking about father, as if he were alive. He died 10 years ago. What do I do?
She is asking if he has left her, how he is, if I have seen him, when was the last time I saw him, etc. I've told her a couple of times telling her that he has passed on, but this seems cruel since it is new to her each time. Lately it seems equally cruel to have her thinking that he is ignoring her. Redirecting has worked some, but today she was quite persistent. What to do?