Doug Mayberry's lively
question-and-answer columns seldom have anything to do with arthritis, bifocals or estate
planning. Instead, they address real-life concerns of active seniors, such as dating and
remarriage, coping with a husband or wife who flirts, dealing with adult children who meddle and
even caring for parents.
Theres nothing stuffy or stodgy about the answers he gives, either. Some are so poignant theyll bring tears, some so spicy theyll make readers blush. But all are straightforward and honest, offering practical solutions and advice that leads to successful aging.
Ways to get the keys away from Mom
By Doug Mayberry
Doug: My mom is 89 years old, and she is still driving. She still has her
license, but she has had several minor accidents during the past year. My
sister and I believe it's time to take away her keys, but we are very
nervous about doing so. Is there an easy way to do this?
A: Certainly not. No doubt after all these years you have involved yourself with others who make you happier. Rather than ignoring your ex or being afraid of seeing him again, your attendance will prove to him that you have made a new life for yourself that does not include him. Maybe he'll surprise you by telling you he made a mistake by parting from you. If not, continue to enjoy your new life and hopefully he is enjoying his also.
Dear Doug: I've just received the news from my doctor that I have an early case of prostate cancer. The doctor is recommending that I begin treatment as soon as possible. Our concern is that my wife and I have booked a 40th anniversary cruise, which sails in about six weeks. Should I hold up on the medical treatment or take the cruise first?
You and your wife have a tough decision to make. The doctor wants to help
you get well as soon as possible, and you both have been looking forward
to the anniversary cruise. One of the greatest negatives in life is fear,
and I believe you can overcome that by making a positive decision to make
your anniversary party or cruise one of the highlights of your lives while
not compromising your health care.
Doug Mayberry lives in a retirement community in Southern California. Send your questions to him at [email protected].
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