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Fall Prevention Program can help one learn to avoid falls

Q:  I have had one total knee replacement surgery and in the future will require the other knee to be replaced and possibly one hip surgery as well. I’ve had a few falls but fortunately was not injured other than

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Involve elders in decision to clean out old stuff

Q:  My 93-year-old mother is still living in her own home. The basement is filled with things that have been stored for years. I am concerned that if she continues to deteriorate both physically and cognitively she will require placement

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Losing ability to drive may lead to depression

Q:  A few years ago my father decided my mother should no longer be driving due to her increasing confusion and a minor fender-bender. When this first occurred he was always willing to take her wherever she wanted to go.

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Daughter’s grief distances her from family

Q:  I am worried about my friend of more than 55 years and her daughter. The daughter’s husband passed away in the early fall. This was not a happy marriage for the last 20 years but they remained together for

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Dental care is important at any age

Q:  Several of my neighbors in the elder housing where I live disagree on whether or not it is still important for us to have regular dental check-ups. Some of us don’t have dental insurance so we have let this

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Disabilities law was among Bush’s great achievements

Q:  I spent hours watching television of the coverage of the memorial service for the late President George H.W. Bush. As a caregiver of a disabled spouse would you remind people of the role the late president had in the

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Counseling is available in wake of gas disaster

Q:  A friend of mine moved her mother in with her after the recent gas explosions. The elder’s home had minimal damages and all the repairs have been completed. Her mother is terrified to return to her home. She has

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Nutrition counseling helps manage diabetes

Q:  Several weeks ago you mentioned in a column the possibility to receive nutrition counseling if you are a diabetic. Could you provide more information? I am interested to find out if this would be a good opportunity for me.

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Realistic goals are key to program success

Q:  My primary care physician has strongly encouraged me to lose weight. My mobility is becoming more limited and my blood sugar numbers have gone up so he thinks taking off a few pounds would help with both issues. I

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Community pulls together in times of trouble

Q:  Sometime in October you had an article about the gas explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. That article focused on preventative measures for folks who use natural gas. How are things going in the aftermath of this accident?