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Having 'The Talk' With My 80-Something Dad

BC-WELL-SENIORS-SEX-ART-NYTSF -- I was not prepared for the phone call from my father's skilled nursing facility asking for permission to provide him contraceptives. (CREDIT: Lucy Jones/The New York Times) -- FOR USE ONLY WITH WELL STORY SLUGGED BC-WELL-SENIORS-SEX-ART-NYTSF BY STACEY ZAPALAC FOR FEB. 14, 2020. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THE PHONE CALL FROM MY FATHER’S SKILLED NURSING FACILITY ASKING FOR PERMISSION TO PROVIDE HIM CONTRACEPTIVES.

I was mentally prepared for the call I would receive someday notifying me of my elderly father’s death from one of his many chronic ailments. I would allow emotions to wash over me like a waterfall, then spring into action contacting family, friends and the funeral home.

What I was unprepared for was the day I received a phone call from my father’s skilled nursing facility asking for permission to provide him contraceptives.

“Your father has made a new lady friend here and

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