Senior Living


Health & Spirit

Hard to Swallow

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I came down with a serious case of pneumonia two years ago and, thankfully, got better. Unfortunately, my doctor found out that one of the reasons behind my sickness was my problem with swallowing.

In the last few years, I've been struggling to get food down and have turned away from eating. Mealtimes take forever, and I often find myself ...Read more

Thinning Hair

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I've always been proud of my hair, even as it started to turn gray with age. Other women always compliment me on how great it looks.

Now, I'm feeling like my healthy mane has abandoned me. My hair is thinner, and I'm self-conscious about it looking stringy or my scalp showing through.

What can I do to make it look better?

A: Learn how to...Read more

Home Repair Value

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My husband and I are looking forward to moving into a wonderful retirement community, which will put us closer to our children. In order to buy a home there, we're looking to sell our longtime family home for a reasonable price.

A major problem is that we haven't done work on the house for a long time. The decor is outdated, and many ...Read more

Snap Reactions

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I was at a party in my retirement community a few weeks ago and ended up shooting my mouth off.

The topic of politics came up, and my neighbors and I are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. We've never had an argument like this before, but I found myself reacting to topics instead of thinking about them.

My neighbors are well-off...Read more

Patient Advocates

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My doctor told me that I should get a hip replacement, and I am on board with the plan after several years of pain. Even though it's a major operation, I am looking forward to having a working hip.

My insurance approved me to go to a rehab facility post-surgery, which will help me recover and be able to use my hip better.

When I told ...Read more

Ageism Hypocrisy?

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I've had the same lawyer for a large portion of my working life. She's always done a great job handling my legal concerns, and I've never had any complaints until recently.

Over the years, we've talked about a slew of topics, including our attitudes about retirement. She's always joked that she'll never retire. She's in her early 70s, and ...Read more

Immune Protection

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: Over my 70 years, I've learned the lesson that it's almost impossible to change people's minds about certain issues. Even if you bring up hard proof, there's no guarantee that the other person will listen.

My granddaughter has always had some quirks, but she and her husband now believe that vaccinations are bad for children. They ...Read more

Planning Ahead

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I'm starting to think about making decisions about what to do with my stuff after I'm gone. I'm still in good health but know that you can never expect the future.

I've heard friends talking about their estate planning but usually have no idea what they're talking about. I want to start making my own plan but am embarrassed to go into a ...Read more

Restaurant Confusion

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: Going out to eat is making me feel old. My grandchildren came to visit and took me out for a meal at a popular local restaurant I'd never visited.

Even though it was a nice gesture, I didn't have a great time. When we entered the lobby, it wasn't clear where the line started or what the food options were. I wasn't able to get a look at the...Read more

Aging Skin

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I'm finding that my skin is getting more fragile and dry with every year. Winter is especially harsh on my tender skin.

I've resorted to showering less frequently, which has helped. On the other hand, I don't feel clean, and I worry that people are judging me.

What's the best way to stay clean?

A: Bodily changes are a natural part of ...Read more

Luddite Woes

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I can't seem to keep the technology I have functioning right. I'm always running into problems, especially with my landline phone and television remote.

I'm starting to think that I'm just too old to keep up with technology. My family still lives in the area and is willing to come over and help me with my problems. But it's a little ...Read more

New Regiment

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: At my last appointment, my doctor put me on medication for high blood pressure. My stats have always been borderline and getting worse over time. It looks like they finally got to the point of needing intervention.

This is the first long-term medication I've been put on. Many of my friends are on one or two different pills, so I know it ...Read more


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