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Older, unimpaired adults can make decisions for themselves

Adult children with older parents tend to be overprotective of their aging parents. Although their behavior may stem from good intentions, it can come off demeaning and aggravating. Dr. Laura Carstensen, founding director of Stanford University's Center on Longevity, and Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, a New York geriatrician, both state that unless a parent is cognitively impaired, children need to respect a parent's decision.