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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

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Many with diabetes aren’t aware they have it

Q: My husband was recently admitted to the hospital following a dizzy spell and falling. His blood sugar count was very high, and after several tests we found out he had Type 2 diabetes. This diagnosis was a surprise to

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No changes in services planned due to merger

Q: I live in Dracut and have been getting services from your agency. The homemaker helps me with personal care, housekeeping and shopping. My daughter told me she read in the paper you are merging with another agency this summer.

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Grieving spouses may need to find new life partners

Q:  My mother passed away a little over a year ago after a long illness. My father was amazing as a caregiver and he was devastated after her death. They were married for almost 50 years. My siblings and I

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Cleaning out a parent’s home can be daunting

Q:  My parents passed away within a short time of each other. Now my siblings and I face the daunting task of cleaning out their house to get it ready to be sold. This is the home we grew up

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Be wary of TV pitches for back and knee braces

Q:  I’ve been having lower back pain for quite some time. It gets worse after too much physical activity. I’ve seen commercials on T.V. promoting back and knee braces covered by Medicare. If it isn’t going to cost me anything

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Telephones can be lifelines for isolated seniors

Q:  I live in a small rural community with a population of less than 1,200 residents. I love our little town, but know that some elders who live in the “country” may not have someone to talk to or connect

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Medicare coverage for inpatient rehab varies

Q:  Our church has a weekly social gathering for older adults. We provide light refreshments in addition to information gathering about topics related to aging. Several members have asked questions about who pays if they have to go to rehab