Senior Living


Health & Spirit

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

Adaptive Technologies

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I've reached the point where I'm no longer able to use my computer easily, but it's important for doing so much. Many daily necessities, such as online banking, paying bills and shopping, are easier online, and I don't want to be dependent or inconvenienced.

Unfortunately, my eyes and joints are in disagreement. I struggle to read the ...Read more

Family Heirlooms

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I have many old, family heirlooms in my home and am excited to pass them along to a new generation. These old family pictures, china and silver all require special care and attention, and I've done my best to preserve them.

Although these objects are precious to me, I know all too well about how families lose things over time.

How can I ...Read more

Family Histories

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My eldest daughter has been getting into genealogy and got the whole family to do DNA tests. Although we were excited to see the genetic breakdown of our family, now I wish we'd never done it.

When we looked at the results, it became apparent that my wife isn't related to her siblings; she must have been adopted, but we haven't uncovered ...Read more

Extra Plane Seat

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I'm a big guy and always have been. Because I'm over six feet, flying has never been comfortable for me, but it's even worse now that I'm on medications that have caused me to gain a lot of weight.

I haven't flown in several years, but I received an invitation for my granddaughter's wedding (my first grandchild to do so!). I'm happy to fly...Read more


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