DEAR CAROL: My mother has had multiple health problems for years, and Dad has cared for her. They have a close marriage so this arrangement has worked well, but now Dad is having heart problems and his arthritis is becoming severe.
DEAR CAROL: My husband and I are traveling this Christmas and want to take a side trip to visit my aging aunt who is in a nursing home. My aunt has Alzheimer’s disease, which we don’t have experience with. Besides that, we are both uncomfortable in a hospital setting and haven’t had experience with nursing homes. What should we consider? – Jen
Dear Readers: According to the Mayo Clinic website, 20 to 30 percent of people over 60 get shingles, which can be serious and have long-lasting effects. However, I received a small avalanche of mail from across the country and even the UK after my July 10 column about how many younger people get shingles, some having lasting, disabling effects.
Dear Carol: Why is there so little information, and emphasis, on the shingles vaccine? When I asked my doctor about it, she said that it’s expensive, most insurance companies don’t pay for it and Medicare doesn’t cover it.
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