Families struggling to care for elderly turn to mediation

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When she called her out-of-town daughter, the elderly woman spoke with a slur and could barely put words together. Medical officials at the hospital determined that the 89-year-old woman had had a series of small strokes. They also diagnosed dementia. After she went home, it became clear that the central Ohio woman was neither physically nor mentally capable of caring for herself, but she refused to leave her home of 50 years.