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Paula Span

What Is 'Hospital Delirium'?

New York Times | SUSAN SELIGER | Posted 11.15.2011 | Fifty

My family and I watched my mother suddenly descend into delirium during her hospital stay after surgery. I can assure you that anyone who has seen som...

Can't Miss Blogs For Post50s

Posted 01.11.2012 | Fifty

Now that you've friended your kids on Facebook and joined the Twitter-revolution, it's time to up the ante and tackle the vast territory where "web" m...

What You Don't Know About A Life-Saving Vaccine

New York Times | Paula Span | Posted 01.10.2012 | Fifty

Like many other grown-ups, I hadn't given any thought to what we used to call the D.P.T. vaccine -- for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus -- for decad...

What To Do When Your Once-Abusive Parent Grows Dependent On You

The New York Times | Paula Span | Posted 12.21.2011 | Fifty

Maybe this incident tells you all you need to know. Wendy was 9 or 10, sitting in a Massachusetts restaurant with her mother and grandmother, and yawn...

The Health Benefits Of Caregiving?

New York Times | Paula Span | Posted 12.12.2011 | Fifty

Could there be measurable benefits to your health, and to your brain in particular, from being a caregiver? It’s practically become an article of...

Are Divorced Parents Doomed To Die Alone?

Vicki Larson | Posted 06.12.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

I wouldn't say that I'd been cocky about my aging parents -- I knew at some point they would pass. But for a long time, as I watched my friends strugg...