Questions & Answers: Aging and Aging Parents

by Emily Carton, MA LISW

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Previous Questions
  • Could you recommend some specific books or resources on the general topic of dealing with aging parents?
  • I am worried about my parents as they are getting older.
  • My Father has had a series of medical problems, is in the hospital for a heart attack and very angry.
  • My Father is in a nursing home and I am afraid that he is not receiving the proper care.
  • My Mother has been in a semi-vegetative state for sixteen years, we are struggling as to whether to discontinue feeding?
  • My Mother is Refusing Medical Help
  • My Parent is on an antidepressant and has been having short term memory problems.
  • Only Child and Miles from Parents
  • When one Parent needs Institutional Care and the other does not


Emily Carton MA, LISW, is a licensed social worker who works with Elder Options, a private care social service firm in the DC Metropolitan Area. She is also an is an intern in Bibliotherapy at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington D.C.

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