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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

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Avoiding isolation after retirement

Q: I will be retiring within the year. I should be able to live comfortably since I have made wise financial investments. The decision to retire was still a difficult one, so much of life has revolved around my career.

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Housing tips for empty nesters

Q: After raising five children my husband and I have been “empty nesters” for quite a few years. We’ve realized it doesn’t make sense to stay in this large house and it is time to downsize. We have decided to

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MS can result in cognitive decline

Q: A friend of mine was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis many years ago. She has had excellent medical care and therapy since she was first diagnosed. Recently we have both become aware she is becoming forgetful but not what I

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Talk to a doctor before stopping aspirin therapy

Q: Almost 20 years ago my primary care physician suggested I should start taking a low-dose aspirin every day. After reading several articles over the past few months I stopped doing this. Recently I had a conversation with a good

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Bring up driving concerns sooner rather than later

Q: My mother has shown signs of dementia over the last year or so. There are several issues we have concerns about but driving is our biggest worry. She is used to going out every day shopping, running errands or