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Dear Vicki In Sickness and in Health I worry too much, especially about medical problems. This seems to be getting worse as I age, but I think I have good reason to fret. Friends are coming down with terrible illnesses and spouses are dying! What can I do right now to prepare for a health […]

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Dear Vicki Fifth Wheel? When my husband and I make our annual trip to our old hometown, our time is very limited. After we see our relatives, we have little opportunity for socializing. However, we do get together at a favorite restaurant with three of my old high school friends and their husbands. This year, […]

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Dear Vicki Tightening our belts My husband and I both took early retirement. Perhaps we retired too early because we now need to tighten our financial belts. Our investments haven’t done as well as we hoped and our house is not worth the amount we anticipated. I feel stressed about our change in circumstances and […]

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Dear Vicki

Dear Vicki Tightening our belts My husband and I both took early retirement. Perhaps we retired too early because we now need to tighten our financial belts. Our investments haven’t done as well as we hoped and our house is not worth the amount we anticipated. I feel stressed about our change in circumstances and […]

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DEAR VICKI Guidelines for Gracious Guests Our son was transferred to Japan two years ago and we will be traveling there for the holidays. We adore our two young grandchildren and can’t get enough of them. We’re scheduled to stay for three weeks and are looking forward to this time with our family. However, much […]

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DEAR VICKI Long-Distance Grandparenting  I just finished Skyping with my toddler grandson and feel so sad. My son and his family live in Germany. Skyping is nice, but it’s such a teaser. How can I be part of my grandson’s life when he is so far away?  Grandparenting. It’s not like it used to be. […]

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Dear Vicki HE WANTS; SHE WANTS I’m a widower who has developed a romantic relationship with a wonderful divorced woman. I get along well with her grown children and grandchildren too. As a couple, we’ve traveled together and enjoy each other’s company—in all ways. I’m ready to move it to the next level and get […]

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Dear Vicki An overly sunny outlook? I like this magazine and your column, but get a tired of what seems to be an overly sunny outlook. There are real losses and problems with aging and life at this end of things and it isn’t always so great. Sometimes, all the “being a senior is so […]

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DEAR VICKI  Stuck in Indecision            In the last few years, I’ve had some major losses and now have to make major decisions about how to live the rest of my life. But I’m so undecided that I can’t seem to move forward. I’ve gotten advice from lots of my friends and a psychologist. The […]

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DEAR VICKI Dating Etiquette It’s my kid’s fault! How good it feels to say that because parents always get blamed for everything, don’t they? I’ve been a widower for a long time and my daughters finally talked me into signing up for a senior dating service. As a result, I’ve been in contact with a […]

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Dear Vicki Mending Fences I’ve lost touch with a good friend and don’t know what to do about it. Kathy helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life. When my husband died, I could barely put one foot in front of the other. She was my lifeline for that terrible year […]

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DEAR VICKI As one year ends and another begins, I feel haunted by the “coulda, shoulda, wouldas.” I’ve made so many mistakes that resulted in a disappointing marriage and a lackluster career. Maybe if I’d had some breaks and encouragement, I would have done better. If I could do things over, I’d make different choices […]

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  Holiday Conundrums            I am going to have a full house again this Christmas — children, grandchildren and even in-laws. Last year nearly killed me! Besides running away, how do I make this holiday easier?           Be honest and announce that while you love hosting Christmas, you need some help so you can enjoy […]

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Dear Vicki

Dear Vicki In the last year or so, I’ve gone through a tumultuous time of change and loss. I’m now faced with some important decisions about how I’m going to live the rest of my life. It’s complicated, but the gist of it is that I can’t put off these decisions any longer.  However, I’m […]

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Dear Vicki

Dear Vicki In the last year or so, I’ve gone through a tumultuous time of change and loss. I’m now faced with some important decisions about how I’m going to live the rest of my life. It’s complicated, but the gist of it is that I can’t put off these decisions any longer.  However, I’m […]

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Dear Vicki

Dear Vicki  By Vicki Duncan  Leisure Lifestyle Clashes  Last year, I retired and mostly enjoy my new life, except for my leisure time with my spouse. When he comes home from his full-time job, all he wants to do is sit in front of the “boob tube!” I’m ready to go out and socialize or […]

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