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Addressing arthritis through movement, classes

Q: Recently, I have begun experiencing pain in my knees, making it difficult for me to get up from a chair. A friend suggested I could have arthritis. I don’t know a lot about the disease beyond seeing it mentioned in

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Benefits, responsibilities of a power of attorney

Q: Years ago, my parents met with an attorney to put their home and financial assets in a trust. I was named my mother’s health care power of attorney if my father became incapable of acting on her behalf. I didn’t

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Ombudsman can help navigate concerns at long-term care facilities

Q: My neighbor made the difficult decision to place her husband in a long-term care facility as his needs became more than she could handle. She visits him several times per week, and, on some occasions, has found him in unacceptable

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Helping a loved one with a drinking problem

Q: I am concerned about my sister. Her husband of over 50 years died six months ago. Several times when I have called, I noticed that her speech was slightly slurred, and a relative who lives nearby told me she has

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Easing fears about the vaccine

Question: Some of my friends are afraid of getting the COVID-19 vaccine because they think it will give them the actual disease. What can I tell them to ease their fears? Answer: This is a common fear among many who

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Understanding herd immunity, and what it means for vaccination

Q: I am 72 years old and received my second COVID-19 vaccination two weeks ago. I am somewhat relieved to have this added protection, but others in my age group are reluctant to get vaccinated. I have heard the term “herd