Thought for Today: "I know there's a proverb which says that 'To err is human,' but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries." - Dame Agatha Christie, English mystery writer (1890-1976).

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2020. There are 344 days left in the year.

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover outpatient counseling services for its beneficiaries? Since the death of my sister last year, I've struggled with depression and anxiety and would like to get some help. - Sad Senior

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I are very fortunate to have had a happy relationship for many years. Our lovemaking has always been a pleasure for both of us. Now, we have to add Viagra to the mix. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't, which is a disappointment to both of us. Is there an…

Q: I remarried two years ago. I have been working quite well with my husband's ex-wife, but we just hit a roadblock over the holidays and would like your take on things. Last year the holidays were easier to navigate because my kids schedule matched my husband's kids' schedule, but this year…

Thought for Today: "I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate." - George Burns, American comedian (1896-1996).

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2020. There are 345 days left in the year.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 67-year-old woman who works with young children. I get a physical each year for my job, and until this year it was acceptable to say that because I was born before 1957, I was presumed to have immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. This year I was required to get an i…

Q: When my iPhone connects to my car via Bluetooth, iTunes will play two songs, then skip through about 25 songs. It will then play two more songs, then skip ahead again. What's wrong? - K.M.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My son is 62 years old and has cirrhosis of the liver. He does not drink. Years ago, he had a blood transfusion that turned out to have hepatitis C. He cannot get a liver transplant. He has ascites, which needs to get drained once a week. It is very painful.

Thought for Today: "Whatever people in general do not understand, they are always prepared to dislike; the incomprehensible is always the obnoxious." - Letitia Landon, English poet (1802-1838).

Today is Monday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2020. There are 346 days left in the year.

Q: Our ten-year-old granddaughter lives with us. We have custody of her but her father, our son, is now asking us for visitation privileges. I probably don't need to tell you that both he and his ex-wife were not up to parental responsibilities. He says he's cleaned up his act and wants a re…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a patient with myelofibrosis, and have been under treatment for over three years. At one time I was receiving blood transfusions every three weeks and taking Jakafi (very expensive) to stabilize my hemoglobin and platelet levels, and Exjade to get rid of excess iron caus…

Thought for Today: "The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever." - Herb Caen, American newspaper columnist (1916-1997).

Today is Friday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2020. There are 349 days left in the year.

The survival of independent regional newspapers shows hope for a revival of American local journalism. Thanks to a new federal law, these bastions of the free press can build toward long-term stability despite financial burdens left from an earlier era.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 78-year-old father is experiencing the early signs of dementia. It has been suggested that he try a $500 device that would aim a low-intensity red LED light into his nose to stimulate his brain and stabilize or perhaps even reverse the symptoms of dementia. On the surface,…

Thought for Today: "I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them." - E.V. Lucas, English writer and publisher (1868-1938).

Today is Thursday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2020. There are 350 days left in the year.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Three weeks ago, I had to have removal of fluid that had collected around my testicles. Nearly half a liter was removed. Five days later, fluid started to build up again, and now it has filled back up. I have been checked for cancer and infection, and have neither. What is ha…