I'm at a loss here. My Dad has been married to a woman 20 years younger than him for 30 years, they have 2 adult children together but the marriage appears to be breaking down and I'm constantly being drafted in to 'talk to Dad'. She's thrown herself into her job and I suspect an affair thanks to a rather large amount of weight loss. He is a typical retired man but without a wife to spend any time with, she clearly dislikes and resents him, he craves her company which he doesn't get. He has some strange behaviours including hoarding but he hasn't actually changed much, he just can't cope with the changes in the house. He was a hands off Father to me and I haven't lived with him since I was under 10, he's also never been helpful with my children unlike my pils and my Mother.
Any ideas would be gratefully received. After not having an involved Father for all of my life I feel a bit angry about all this.
I think you just need to encourage him to get a life. 'A typical retired man' sounds ominous. He needs to get out, volunteering - have interests etc. Either it will make him a more interesting person to her or at least he will have things to do. If he is going to be 'typical' and walk off to get the paper and potter in the garden it is not going to work- she isn't ready for it (and I can't see why he is). He can't be that old. I have retired. I am running a half marathon on Sunday. I am out all morning today working with children. Yesterday I had a training day for one if my other voluntary jobs. Get him out and about.
His wife and their kids. I've actually said that this is a relationship problem which they then twist into He needs ago see a Doctor, his behaviour is erratic/irrational. Which I don't actually believe.
"their kids" - the fact you don't say "my half sibs" suggests you're not close! How much contact have your had with your father to be sure that he isn't ill? Unless you have no relationship with him, I'd check in on him to reassure myself he wasn't unwell or in a potentially abusuve situation - in which case if I wasn't close to him if speak to adult social services. I think there's a line to be walked between human kindness, and reaping as you sow. If he chose not to be part of your life, frankly you're hardly obligated now.
We're very friendly and spend time together when the kids are home but I'm talking 3 or 4 times a year, but they're young adults and I'm a middle aged Mum of teenagers and I'm only 8 years younger than their Mum.
He is wanting me to be his friend and sounding board, she wants me to get him to admit to being ill. She's clutching at straws saying it's dementia but I'd be very surprised, my pils both have different types of dementia and he's nothing like them. I would say he's possibly depressed but there's a world of difference between unhappy and clinically depressed.
I might write all 4 of them an email rather than everyone coming at me with their own interpretations.
Yes it sounds like their problem not yours. It's not surprising at 75 with health issues that he wants a 'typical' retirement - I guess that's a problem of a big age gap. If he's been a hands off father since you were 10 I really don't see why you are being asked to step in. He has a wife, who should be his first line of support, and he has 2 other adult children who he actually brought up who should be at least equally responsible with you (more in my opinion).
I obviously got it wrong-if he is a 75yr old with health problems and she is 55yrs, active and working there are going to be massive problems. They were then 25yrs and 45yrs when they met. She either accepts it and manages, or she can't. I have a friend whose husband is now elderly and she is facing the problems most of us face with elderly parents-she just looks after him and has her own life. It is up to them to solve and not something you can really help with.