Who Cares More for Mom?

As they struggle to deal with aging parents, boomers are resparking old sibling rivalries

Kathleen Wittstock's two younger sisters always considered her their parents' favorite--and the only one who could stand up to their formidable mother. So they probably weren't surprised when Wittstock, 65, a retired teacher in Medina, Ohio, persuaded her ailing parents to move nearby so she could look after them. Sometimes Wittstock secretly wished her sisters, who lived in Texas and Kentucky, would help more, but she also confessed that the task was easier without them--less drama for her to deal with.

After their father died in 1994, Kathleen wanted to apply for legal guardianship to put their increasingly resistant mother in...

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