Homeward Bound

Baby boomers' parents who fled south at retirement are coming back to the family nest

When Karen Fisher's mother passed away 11 years ago, her father, then 72, began to spend nearly all his time traveling or staying at a second home in Brownsville, Texas. "He wasn't the kind of guy you worried about being alone at Christmas," says Fisher, 49, who lives in Grand Rapids, Mich. But in January, her father fell seriously ill. Eighty-three and infirm, he has returned to Michigan, where Fisher, after cutting her work hours and income, helps care for him. Her husband, she says, "has been supportive. But you sort of ask, 'How many years can we do this?'"

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