Senior Living


Health & Spirit

Car Rip-Offs

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My car is now 10 years old and has an occasional problem but mostly suits my needs. I've had to bring it in for repairs a few times, but my mileage isn't as high as you'd expect from a car so old.

I recently had my car towed to the dealership after having some problems with the engine. The dealership quoted me for an expensive repair and ...Read more

Outstanding Debts

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: Last year, my wife had some serious medical problems that put her in the hospital. I'm grateful every day that she has recovered, but we now have a lot of unexpected credit card debt. Our mailbox and voicemail are being hounded by debt collectors.

I was really looking forward to retirement in the near future, but now I don't know if it's a...Read more

Bathroom Retrofit

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My mother had a fall in the bathroom a few weeks ago and ended up with a minor concussion. After a short hospital visit, we ended up hosting her at our house to keep an eye on her. Now that she's back home, I find myself worried about it happening again.

I volunteered myself to modify her bathroom to avoid another incident. We were lucky ...Read more

Support Vs. Control

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My daughter has struggled with her weight for her entire life. Now she seems to have given up, and her health is suffering.

Her problem has always involved going to extremes, but nothing anybody says seems to help. She used to go on fad diets and lose a bunch of weight. But then she'd gain it all back with interest within a year.

I'm ...Read more

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


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