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Menopause doesn’t mean skipping care

Q: My mother who is in her late sixties seems to believe since she has gone through menopause she no longer needs to see a gynecologist for annual exams. She also refuses to have a mammogram which her primary physician

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What to say when it’s time to talk about nursing homes

Q: I read your column regarding what to look for in choosing a nursing home which will be very helpful to me. My problem is I don’t know how to approach this topic with my mother. I am so worried

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Research is essential in choosing care facility

Q: My 94 year old mother lives out of state in her own home. Her trust has been paying for 24 hour care for over two years. Funds will only last a year or so longer since it is very

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Falls leading cause of injuries for elderly

Q: Several years ago I had a total knee replacement. I thought that would not only resolve severe pain but also put an end to several falls I had been having. Unfortunately I have fallen several times recently and now

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Should I fear being outside because of EEE, Lyme disease?

Q: I’ve had to give up a lot of the activities I used to enjoy because of arthritis. The one thing I look forward to is planting in my raised garden beds. All the news about the EEE virus and

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What can I do to try and prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

Q: Both of my parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when they were in their eighties. Lately I have noticed trouble remembering the names of people, this was never a problem when I was younger. I talked to my physician

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When should I start collecting Social Security benefits?

Q: I am thinking about taking early retirement, my company is offering a generous buy out option. I am over 62 years of age, my understanding is I could apply for Social Security benefits. A few people are telling me

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Can I stop nuisance calls?

Q: Lately I have been getting nuisance calls from solicitors and recordings on both my landline and cellphone. I only give out my cell number to a few people for emergencies so when it rings it alarms me. One of

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Does medical marijuana really work?

Q: A friend recently mentioned in confidence her physician approved the use of medical marijuana to help with the severe pain she has been experiencing. She doesn’t want other people to know she is using the pot because they may

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Moving out of state after retirement

Q: I read your column about the couple who wanted to downsize and find a new residence. I also will be retiring soon but unlike the other couple I am thinking of relocating out of state. All of my family