Paula Span: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Paula Span

Best-Selling Author

Thirty-four million Americans provide care for a frail, aging family member. This number is likely to increase dramatically as the nation's seventy-seven million Baby Boomers age. As a result, millions are grappling with the question: how will we respond when a parent grows too fragile to live alone?

In When the Time Comes, Paula Span shares the stories of a dozen families confronting this painful question as they struggle to choose from a host of options, from multigenerational living or home care to assisted living, nursing facilities, or hospice. Rich with moving portraits, practical information, and the comfort that comes with finding the best solution, the book is essential reading that can help families navigate the tough times so they can focus on the joyful ones.

Paula Span is a contributing writer for the Washington Post Magazine, contributes to the New Old Age blog on, and teaches journalism at Columbia University. A staff writer for the Washington Post for many years, Span has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, New York Magazine, Glamour, Esquire, Parenting, People and many others.

At the podium, Paula discusses the pros and cons of home care, assisted living, nursing homes and hospice care. She shares steps audiences can take now for a less stressful transition later, and discusses how families can cope with a loved one's fragility and inability to be independent.

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  • The Pros & Cons of Assisted Living, Hospice & Home Care
  • How to Cope with a Loved One's Fragility & Inability to be Independent
  • How to Re-Shift the Focus of Dealing with a Struggle Into a Positive Learning Experience

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