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For seniors there’s help getting digital access

Question: I know several people my age, 75, who use the internet regularly, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began. I’ve tested a desktop computer at the public library with the assistance of staff, but I can’t afford a computer at

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Falls Prevention Week: Six steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling

Question: My mother is becoming much more afraid of falling as she gets older. Some of her friends have had serious falls, and she’s worried she could be next. What can she do to ease her fears and help prevent

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Vaccines aren’t just for children

Question: I get a flu shot every fall and have had the COVID-19 vaccination. My primary physician recently said she had reviewed my vaccination history and recommended that I get a couple of booster shots. I am in my late

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What are a care manager’s duties?

Question: A friend of mine often compliments the care manager from your agency. She says he is an immense help in allowing her to remain living in her own home. Can you tell me a little about what a care

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Ask Joan: Preparing your house for retirement

Question: I’ve just turned 55, but I’ve always been a planner. What can I do now to prepare my house for living in once I retire? Answer: Many of us want to age in place, to remain living in our own homes

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How to cope with the heat

Question: When I was younger, I was an avid sun worshiper because I thought I looked better with a tan. After having several skin cancers, I cut back my time in the sun. Now that I’ve reached my 70s, I

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How to get started with oral histories

Question: My parents are getting older, and I would love to record an oral history. However, I don’t know where to begin and don’t want to seem too intrusive. Have you got any suggestions? Answer: It’s a recent trend in books and

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Ask Joan: Older Drivers Column

Question:  I have been driving for more than 50 years, but recently noticed that my parallel parking skills are not what they used to be. I also tend to avoid driving at night, especially in the rain, because the reflections

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When dealing with credit card debt, make it a priority

Question: I owe a sizable amount on several credit cards. This past year, I was hospitalized and had to charge my deductibles and some medications. In addition, I had to replace the transmission on my car. I can afford to

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On ADA anniversary, the impact is all around us

The Americans with Disabilities Act has made a world of difference for millions across our country since it was signed into law in 1990. As we celebrate its 31st anniversary, we can see how it has changed our physical environment