Thought for Today: "Just be yourself - it's the only way it can work." - Johnny Carson (1925-2005).

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips or tools can you recommend that can help seniors and their caregivers keep up with medications? My 82-year-old mother, who lives alone, is supposed to take several different medications at various times of the day but often forgets. - Working Daughter

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you wrote "nearly everyone can reduce their heart disease risk by having a diet with very little meat but high in vegetables, legumes and nuts, along with whole grains and fruits." Because of poorly functioning kidneys, my kidney doctor has told me I need …

Thought for Today: "A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it." - Jean de La Fontaine, French poet (1621-1695).

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2019. There are 70 days left in the year.

The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments earlier this month on the remarkable question, here in 2019, of whether employers may freely discriminate against an entire class of Americans because of who they are.

DEAR DR. ROACH: What is known about arthritis later in life for someone who had early treatment for Lyme disease? I had it as a teenager in the late 1980s and was told by my doctor that arthritis could be an issue later. I was treated with an IV antibiotic, which I believe was the go-to trea…

Each week brings a fresh batch of polls about the 2020 presidential campaign, but it's also worth taking a look at the prediction markets. They can be a very useful source of information, most of all as a check on the human tendency to overreact.

Q: I have had a really hard time dealing with my three- year-old son's father. We have been apart for about a year. Although he's very impatient and gets frustrated easily we have been trying to share our son's time without a formal custody order. My son's father and I agreed we would not cu…

Thought for Today: "Silence is sometimes the severest criticism." - Charles Buxton, English writer (1823-1871).

Today is Monday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2019. There are 71 days left in the year.

President Donald Trump's tariffs have cost American consumers billions of dollars, via higher prices on everything.The uncertainty from tariffs has contributed to the global manufacturing downturn and has slowed business investment. Most economists figure tariffs have cut U.S. gross domestic…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 79-year-old man in generally good health. What is not under control is the lower back pain I have been suffering due to disk deterioration. I have been able to control it with physical therapy, stretching exercises, chiropractic and occasional NSAID medication. As I'm g…

DEAR DR. ROACH: About a year ago, my son was diagnosed with polycythemia. No one in our family had ever heard of this. He goes in every four to six weeks to have a pint of blood removed. Now he has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, which the doctor says caused the polycythemia, as his blood w…

I have good news for parents: You do not need more than a few tools in your disciplinary tool-bag. One especially valuable tool, one that belongs in every modern home, is the "Doctor." The Doctor is akin to a genie - an invisible parenting sprite, so to speak - whom you invite to take up res…

Thought for Today: "Only those ideas that are least truly ours can be adequately expressed in words." - Henri Bergson, French philosopher (1859-1941).

Today is Friday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2019. There are 74 days left in the year.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband has been on metoprolol for about eight years. He was prescribed that medication right after he had a stent put in due to a clogged heart vessel. He is doing very well. His recent stress test was normal. The metoprolol took his heart rate down to a pulse of between …

Democratic presidential candidate Tim Ryan has the build and self-assurance of a former football quarterback, and the calm of someone who writes books on meditation and mindfulness.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I quit smoking about six months ago and was able to resist the temptation to smoke again because I took up vaping immediately afterward. Thanks to vaping, I think this time I will be able to stay off of cigarette smoking permanently after unsuccessfully quitting a half dozen …

Q: My 2017 Infiniti GX50 has doors that auto lock at 5 mph. The problem is that frequently I would like to allow my wife to exit the car while the engine is still running. There used to be a procedure to manually reprogram cars to turn off the auto lock feature.

Thought for Today: "If you believe that life is worth living, then your belief will create the fact." - Arthur Miller (1915-2005).