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To balance life and caregiving, lean on those around you

Q: Growing up the holidays were always very special with my family. After I married I asked my mother if I could start hosting Thanksgiving at my house. I would spend days working on the menu and getting ready for

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Family role vital for transition to assisted living facility

Q: My elderly mother will be making the transition from her own home to a memory care unit in an assisted living facility within the next few months. This has been a very heart wrenching decision for me. I have

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Check your Medicare plan each year

Q: Several years ago when my husband and I both retired we signed up for a Medicare plan several of our friends recommended. In the beginning neither of us took prescriptions on a regular basis or had any on-going health

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What to do when things go missing in a nursing home

Q: My mother was recently placed in a long term care facility because her needs could no longer be met at home. The other day when I visited her she looked very unkempt and was wearing clothes that were not

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Menopause doesn’t mean skipping care

Q: My mother who is in her late sixties seems to believe since she has gone through menopause she no longer needs to see a gynecologist for annual exams. She also refuses to have a mammogram which her primary physician

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What to say when it’s time to talk about nursing homes

Q: I read your column regarding what to look for in choosing a nursing home which will be very helpful to me. My problem is I don’t know how to approach this topic with my mother. I am so worried

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Research is essential in choosing care facility

Q: My 94 year old mother lives out of state in her own home. Her trust has been paying for 24 hour care for over two years. Funds will only last a year or so longer since it is very

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Falls leading cause of injuries for elderly

Q: Several years ago I had a total knee replacement. I thought that would not only resolve severe pain but also put an end to several falls I had been having. Unfortunately I have fallen several times recently and now

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Should I fear being outside because of EEE, Lyme disease?

Q: I’ve had to give up a lot of the activities I used to enjoy because of arthritis. The one thing I look forward to is planting in my raised garden beds. All the news about the EEE virus and

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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