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When Adult Children Care For Elderly Parents

To the Editor:

Mimi Swartz’s article “Becoming a Helicopter Daughter” (Op-Ed, Sept. 10) is touching and revealing. She is the kind of child every elderly parent should hope for, and her father, for all his medical troubles, is a model for genially putting up with old age.

But her story is also revealing of a trend almost certain to escalate in the future: a growing population of the aged, particularly those over 80, a large proportion of whom are kept expensively alive by medical advances but who are often in bad shape.

Perhaps a majority of those now moving into old age will also do so without adequate financial support from pensions or personal savings.

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