My 87 y.o. father recently chose to move from his senior apartment into a small room in a retirement home on the same street. When he did so, the generally minor memory problems that he has been exhibiting for the past couple of years grew into a larger confusion. Clearly his issues are deeper than we knew. He now doesn't really believe the place he is living in is his and he often says he wants to go "home," not to his previous apartment, but to either the town where he spent most of his working life or the town where he went to college.
My question here is this - does anyone have experience with this sort of thing and if so, is it a good or bad idea for us to take him on day or weekend trips to these locations that he so fondly remembers and wants to return to? My brother and I, who live in other states but try to visit him for a few days once a month, would like to take him to visit these places that meant so much to him, but I fear that such visits may only intensify his confusion or unhappiness with his current situation when we return to the retirement home and then lead to him trying to find a way out of there.
Am I overthinking it? Should we just take him to these places that he loves to make him happy and not worry that it'll just make things worse?
Thank you for your thoughts.