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Handling Thanksgiving safely during a pandemic

Q: Our family is in turmoil over making plans for Thanksgiving. Our adult children haven’t seen us in months, so they are anxious to get together. I have missed them, but I am not sure it would be wise for

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Caregiving in a Crisis: Caring for parents during the pandemic

  Q: My elderly mother is a private pay resident at an upscale assisted living facility. While I understand the reasons for all the restrictions around visiting, this is very sad for me. My mother has become withdrawn and our relationship

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Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment

Q: I have been receiving flyers almost daily from insurance companies promoting their Medicare plans. I usually toss them in the trash without even looking over the information. I have good insurance through my husband’s retirement benefits package, so why

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Finding resources for LGBT seniors

Q: I am concerned about my older brother. He is a 70-year-old gay man whose partner died over a year ago. It was stressful enough when he was dealing with grief, and then the pandemic started. My brother lives in

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Caring for a loved one at home

Q: My husband and I recently moved into a condo in the Merrimack Valley to be closer to our adult children. He has a neurological condition and has been steadily deteriorating. I am determined to keep him at home but

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Seeking the help of an Ombudsman

Q: For several years, my elderly mother was able to remain in her own home with the help of private pay aides. It became clear this was not going to be an option long term due to cost and her

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Resources available for adult-onset diabetes

Q: Several months ago, my husband was diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes. Last week, he had blood tests and a follow-up appointment with his physician. His blood sugar numbers remain elevated. My husband told his doctor he was taking his medication

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Exploring housing options after retirement

Q: After retirement, I thought I could remain in my apartment for a long time. Unfortunately, I now must rely on savings to cover my monthly expenses. I now need housing I can afford on my Social Security income and

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Getting flu vaccine still important

Q: For months, I have rarely ventured out of my home. Now, I am worried about going out to get my annual flu vaccine. Should I be taking the risk? A: This year, it is extremely important for everyone, especially

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Dealing with the care of a parent

Q: When my father got sick, he rapidly deteriorated and pleaded with me to take care of my mother if he died. After his death, I hired in-home care for my mother and helped as much as possible. This arrangement