Nana has always been a mother. She's always been needed by someone. It doesn't surprise me one bit each night when she says she needs to go home because her babies need her.
Nana lives in an alternate reality every single day. What she understands to be true can be very different from what others see.
Her mind works in a different way now.
Nana loves to shop, so we frequently take her to stores. One afternoon while at Target, I was looking for games and other Alz friendly things to help keep Nana occupied. Bill stumbled across the collection of Bright Eyes Pets and Nana fell in love with Tippy.
Tippy is a bright blue penguin. His eyes light up when you pet him or rub his belly. He coos and makes soothing noises. Needless to say, Nana claimed him as her own within minutes.
I wasn't sure how long it would last before she would get bored, but so far she has brought him almost everywhere with us. She says he's her baby. When he coos, she comforts him. She actually tells him it's ok, he's safe, not to worry, etc...
What I love most about Tippy though is that he helps other people instantly recognize that Nana and I are not your average grandma and granddaughter pair. Tippy is a visual cue that something is a little different, and our interactions with others have improved significantly because of it. They suddenly know why we are a little slower, why I'm repeating things so much. They engage Nana - they tell her how cute her baby is. They tell her he has pretty blue eyes just like she does. And she loves the attention. It makes our days feel so much smoother, and I'm so glad she brings him along for our adventures!