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My mother, age 87, is very depressed. She is taking antidepressants but they are not working. Should I contact her doctor?

My 70-year-old great grandmother does not eat well, and she has bad pains in her leg. What can I do to help her?

I have a relative who seems depressed and possibly suffering from OCD. She won't address these issues with her doctor. Is it unethical for me to call her doctor to express concern?

Sticks and stones may break my bones

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Remember that one? It was a fun little ditty we would spout on the playground when a classmate called us "four eyes", "dunder head", or "cry baby". A juvenile coping mechanism, for sure, but one I thought I could leave behind when the days of recess so thoughtlessly left me behind. read more

Secure your mask first

As I was traveling last week, something made me stop and think. When the airline attendant was going through the safety procedures, I began flipping through my magazine—who hasn't heard that spiel a thousand times. I was in my own little world, and then she got to the part about the cabin losing air pressure. read more

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