Senior Living


Health & Spirit

Food Insecurity

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: Due to my arthritis, I've been having a harder and harder time getting around. I finally started using a cane to help with the pain, but it doesn't help as much as I'd like.

I've mostly learned to adjust, but I no longer like to leave the house. Routine errands are especially frustrating, including grocery shopping. I also am increasingly ...Read more

Sleep Time

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: In the last few years, I've found my sleeping patterns to be majorly disrupted. I spend more time lying awake in bed and find myself waking up in the middle of the night.

Several friends have shared their similar experiences with needing less sleep, but I'm pretty sure I'm not getting enough.

How much sleep do seniors need?

A: There's no...Read more

Outside Perspective

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: Our granddaughter has been dating a man for two years, and we just got an announcement that they're engaged. She's very level-headed, but our family isn't impressed by her choice of partner.

Nobody in the family has gotten to know him well -- which most people do before getting engaged! From our brief interactions, he doesn't seem ...Read more

Lawyer Search

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: Help! My old lawyer retired, and now I don't know how to find someone to handle my legal affairs.

I know it's time for me to start doing estate planning, but I'm at a loss. The internet shows so many options that I don't know where to start.

How should I narrow down the search?

A: Your first question should be geared toward what type of ...Read more

Plane Food

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I haven't traveled in a long time, but I'm planning on attending my great-niece's wedding in December. I don't get the opportunity to see her often, as they live on the other side of the country.

Given that I have diabetes, I'm worried about my blood sugar during the flight. I've heard that travel has changed a lot and airlines have ...Read more

Bloody Nose

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I have been having nosebleeds most nights for the last month or so. Thinking it might be a sign of something serious, I went for a checkup with my doctor. Luckily, she found nothing serious or new.

While I'm glad that it's not a big deal, I would still like to stop the bleeding. By the time I wake up, the nosebleed has stopped, but my ...Read more

Medicare Fraud

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: This year, I've been surrounded by requests for my DNA to do genetic testing for Medicare. I received phone calls and had door-to-door salesmen approach me, too, but both ways seemed like obvious fraud.

Now, I'm seeing more and more testing offered and am wondering if it's legitimate. There was even an event at my local senior center ...Read more

Elder Orphans

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I was once married to a lovely woman. Unfortunately, we found over time that we just weren't compatible in the long term: We had different priorities, values and visions of the future. We ended up divorcing but still were a part of each other's lives.

My ex-wife passed away this year after a long battle with cancer, and it's hitting me now...Read more

Fixed Income

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My husband and I have been retired for several years and are realizing that we might just outlive our expectations.

Even if it's a blessing to be able to spend all these years together, our finances are less clear. When planning our retirement, we budgeted for a comfortable life into our early 80s. Unluckily for us, we've both turned out ...Read more

Old Hurts

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My brother and I got into a horrible argument over a decade ago and haven't spoken since. He did something that I couldn't find it in myself to forgive, especially after a lifetime of similar behavior.

After quitting drinking, my brother has been trying to get in contact with me over the last few months to apologize. I don't see the point,...Read more

Keeping Cool

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: After decades of slogging through cold winters, I am now retired in sunny Arizona. Even if I've been enjoying the different weather and culture here, I'm still not used to the heat.

A few people around my retirement community are finding themselves in the same boat, and apparently, we should watch out for heatstroke and other problems.

...Read more

Selling Old Jewelry

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I have a bunch of old, outdated family jewelry that none of my children are interested in. I have no idea if the items are even worth much.

I've figured out the rest of my estate plans, and I think the best option for me is to sell these old pieces and split the cash fairly between my heirs.

The only problem is I don't know where to start...Read more

Dentist Search

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: After 30 years of having me as a patient, my old dentist is ready to retire. He's been reliable and done great work, but now I have to find a new dentist.

I've heard horror stories from other people about bad experiences with dentists, but I have never had a problem myself. Now that I'm facing change, I don't know if I'll continue to have ...Read more


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