| May 2, 2012
| 4:26 PM
When Matt Recchi turned 34 on March 15, his family sang "Happy Birthday" to him in his Los Angeles rehab center room. "He smiled," said Tina Recchi, his mother. Matt, the son of late Sun Sentinel columnist Ray Recchi, sustained......
| Feb 3, 2009
| 4:30 PM
Paterson finally has a statement out on the deficit reduction plan. It includes raising SUNY tuition, delaying STAR payments, increasing health insurance fees and assessments, using money won in litigation settlements, and transferring extra money from...
| Aug 13, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva Sarah Palin, accusing the Democrats of creating government "death panels'' with "downright evil'' health-care reforms that will decide which elderly Americans live and which ones die, complains that President Barack Obama is making "light of...
| May 27, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Making music was Irene Alexander's inspiration as well as lifeline. It allowed her to forge ahead, say friends and family, through a string of misfortunes that would have felled an ordinary mortal.
In 2005, the Chicago pianist and piano teacher...
| Jan 24, 2011
Until Bryan Le Blanc's 93-year-old mother died earlier this month, she had spent the last four years of her life in the Alzheimer's unit at Maryhaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in north suburban Glenview.
Over the last two years, Le Blanc saw...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Think of them as Lazarus moments.
One by one, we are introduced to a series of elderly people with serious dementia. People who've barely said a word in years, who don't recognize their own children, who sit around nursing homes like the living dead....
| Jul 4, 2014
| 2:30 AM
By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
Q: My mother recently passed away. She was the person running the finances for her and my father. My sister and I now have power of attorney over my dad's finances.
My parents have CD accounts stashed at many...
| Nov 12, 2011
| 7:54 PM
Last time I wrote about my dad, he'd taken a fall in his bedroom, couldn't get up, but didn't want yet another ride in an ambulance. So my mother got down on the floor with him, pulled up a blanket and they went to sleep.
This time they went down...
| Jul 30, 2011
When you have a loved one approaching the end, you feel like you're walking along the edge of a cliff in the dark, but at least you've got plenty of company.
I'm still sifting through hundreds of responses to my July 17 column about my dad, who took a...
| Dec 14, 2011
"I could show you case after case," said Dr. Neil S. Wenger. "I could bet you million-to-1 odds these patients would not want to be in this situation."
He was talking about patients in critical condition who are "attached to machines, being kept alive"...
| Jul 17, 2011
In the first decade of the 1900s, a Spanish couple boarded a ship in Malaga and sailed to Hawaii to work in the sugar cane fields. They later continued to California, opened a small grocery store an hour east of San Francisco and raised six children,...