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Paula  Span

Paula Span

Journalist & Expert on Caregiving for the Elderly

Paula Span

Journalist & Expert on Caregiving for the Elderly


Paula Span is a respected journalist who currently writes The New Old Age blog for The New York Times, in which she explores the inter-generational challenge we face caring for adults over age 80—the fastest-growing segment of the population.

Span spent much of her career at The Washington Post as a New York-based correspondent covering such subjects as the AIDS epidemic, financial industry upheavals, urban life and development, and arts and culture. She also published stories about “drag” bingo, oddball off-Broadway musicals, and Martha Stewart. After moving on to The Washington Post Magazine, she wrote long cover stories about veterans’ problems with the military disability system, the future of retirement, and competitive skateboarding. She has also written for a variety of other publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Esquire, Parenting, Glamour, Ms., and several city magazines.

Span is the author of When the Time Comes: Families with Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions. As an expert on such issues as assisted living, hospices, and coping with a loved one’s lack of independence, she speaks to audiences around the country on the various aspects of caregiving for our aging population.

Paula Span also trains the next generation of journalists at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was the 2009 Distinguished Teacher of the Year.

Speaker Videos

Aging Insights

Speech Topics

The Pros & Cons of Assisted Living, Hospices & Home Care

How to Cope with a Loved One’s Fragility & Lack of Independence

Finding Positivity in Struggle