I work in State Government. (for a state on the East Coast). A co-worker (who has been there over 30 years) is showing signs of Alzheimers disease and very little is being done about it. Tasks that used to be routine for her she can no longer do without asking OVER and OVER how to do them. She has peed herself twice at her desk- one time sitting in urine ALL DAY LONG! They can no longer send her out of the office to do field work (for obvious safety and liability reasons) They now have her dealing with the public on the phones (and she is NOT following proper office phone procedures). Another woman in the office (who rents a room to her) doesn't want to get involved. She just says "I stay upstairs and she stays downstairs". This co-worker is not on good terms with her family. Administration in my office is hoping that she will just go ahead and retire. One well-meaning co-worker told her she should file a grievance about being assigned to phone duty, When the Personnel Dept at our agency headquarters heard this they told management in our office NOT to discuss any of this with her. (They are apparently more concerned about a grievance than doing what is best for her!) I think they should at LEAST require her to go to a state appointed doctor to have an evaluation to prove her mental ability to perform the job! What do you all think? I also forgot to mention that she has stopped taking baths.