HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 — You are an idealist. You are creative, high-spirited and freethinking. You seek adventure and try to avoid a routine. Simplicity is the key to this year for you. Focus on your health or physical exercise and methods to stay grounded. Work hard for what you want.

The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 — You are bold and daring. You are intelligent, creative and very charismatic. People are drawn to you. This is a year of learning and teaching for you. Therefore, give yourself the necessary solitude and time for reflection and study. Explore new ideas!

DEAR DR. ROACH: Help! I am caught in a feud between my primary care doctor and my oral surgeon. For a number of years, I have been on Prolia for osteopenia. About a year ago, I had to have a tooth pulled; my oral surgeon said I must be off Prolia for at least four months; my doctor disagreed…

Q: I have two boys, 18 and 33 months. How much time each day should I spend involved in activities with them? Also, they chase one another around the house among other sorts of roughhousing, but they hardly ever play with their educational toys. Is there some way I can get them interested in…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 — You set high standards for yourself. You are rational, hardworking and idealistic. You want to make a difference. This is a year of service for you, particularly to family. Therefore, it’s important to take care of yourself so you have something to …

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife, who’s 72, has had very dry eyes for a long time, so she uses Restasis (cyclosporine emulsion 0.05%) eye drops. Her co-pay (after meeting the deductible) last year was around $150 for a three-month supply. This year, it is around $450 (only a small change in the deduc…

Richard D, who reads this column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, writes: “I’m age 82 and in good health compared to most men of my age that I know. Spirulina — I recently started adding 1/2 teaspoon of it to my breakfast. What are your ideas about it? Green tea — I started drinking it becaus…

It’s an interesting fact that while small sedans have largely disappeared from the general market, you can still find a number of them in the luxury car market — including subcompact models like Audi’s A3 sedan.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022 — You are creative, warm and charming; however, you also can be detached if you choose. You’re observant about everything around you, which can make you cautious. This is a year of change for you, which means it’s important to stay light on your fee…

DEAR DR. ROACH: My healthy 91-year-old mother recently discovered that she has a diagnosis of trigger finger. She is hesitant to do surgery, but is hoping for more mobility in her hand. What are some of the best options for an independent woman at her age? — M.B.

“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have arthritis in both knees, but otherwise, I’m in good health (I’m 5’6” and weigh 130 pounds). My Fitbit indicates I get about 9,000 steps per day. I am ready for knee replacement, but I’m concerned about one activity I do. We usually spend two consecutive weeks at the be…

Dear Savvy Senior, How do I go about looking for an old former company 401(k) plan that I think I contributed money to many years ago, but forgot about until recently? Retired in Rochester

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 — You are an idealist. You are creative, high-spirited and freethinking. You seek adventure and try to avoid a routine. Simplicity is the key to this year for you. Focus on your health or physical exercise and methods to stay grounded. Work hard fo…

“Those who dance are thought to be insane by those who can’t hear the music.”

My youngest daughter got married this weekend. Her dad and I are divorced, but we do our best to be on the same page for the kids we share. Granted, they are all adults now, but anyone who tells you co-parenting stops when your children turn 18 does not have children.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffered a lower back injury in 2001, with crushed and bulging discs in the L2, L3, L4 and L5 vertebras. After over a year of physical therapy and drugs, my pain doctor tried an epidural injection, which did not work, and then suggested I try something new at that time call…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 — You are courageous. You are also generous, sincere and fair. Justice is important to you, and you are often a champion of the underdog. This is a lovely year for you to socialize and enjoy life. Explore your creativity and nurture your appreciation…

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, to eat slowly, and to lie about your age.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 — You have an exuberant, sunny personality, which means you know how to light up a room. You are also determined, self-disciplined and hardworking. This year is slower paced. It’s your turn to rejuvenate yourself. Your focus will be on business and es…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 — You are a natural leader. You are confident, friendly and very much an independent thinker. You exude strength, and you have opinions. This year is the end of a nine-year cycle for you, which means it is appropriate to let go of people, places and…

I finally tracked down the fellow who invented the so-called “pull-up.” His name is Lucapher (Big Lou) Saytan. Reputedly, Mr. Saytan lives in an underground bunker from which he develops and markets various nefarious technologies, the most notable of which are the so-called “smart”phone and …

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is taking Eliquis for atrial fibrillation (AFib). The cost is going up, and there is no generic brand for Eliquis. Looking at drug websites, I have found other drugs that are anticoagulants: Xarelto, heparin and warfarin are a few. Is there a generic brand you woul…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 — You are courageous and dedicated to what you believe is important. You are perceptive and generous to others because you care. This is a year of attainment for you. Expect promotions, awards and acknowledgement of your efforts. It’s your turn to tak…

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.”