Living: To Grandma's House We Go

More and more senior citizens are missing out on retirement while they serve as surrogate parents for their grandchildren

< Ollie Duggan still has a vision of what grandparenting is supposed to be. In that fantasy, her two grandchildren, Joey and Lorrie, arrive to spend the night at her home in the mountains of Clyde, N.C. She cooks their favorite foods and spoils them with gifts. When they act up, she looks away, knowing her job is to dote, not to discipline. When the children leave, she returns to a life of leisure and travel, earned after raising four children of her own. The dream, says Duggan, 68, is of "a time in my life when I can come and...

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