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High health care for seniors

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF concerns the high cost of health care for seniors:

“Dear Heloise: The cost of everything has gone up, but for people like me on Social Security, a trip to the dentist is becoming unaffordable. Not only do I not go anymore, but I have the responsibility of a brother with Asperger’s. His last exam, X-ray and cleaning was close to $300. My brother receives a very small Social Security check, which doesn’t even cover his food and clothes. I take care of many of his financial needs, but I’m a senior citizen with low income and diagnosed with cancer.” — Anonymous Reader in Indiana

Good dental health is essential to everyone, especially the elderly. There are websites that can help. If you don’t have a computer, ask a neighbor, friend or relative to assist you. You also can call a dental school to see if it can do routine cleaning, X-rays and fill cavities. Toothwisdom.org is a good place to start looking for dental help, and you also can try www.seniorliving.org. — Heloise

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Heloise

P.O. Box 795001

San Antonio, TX 78279-5001

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

Email: Heloise@Heloise.com

WALDORF SALAD?

Dear Readers: The original Waldorf salad was created for New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel in 1893. It consisted of chopped apples and celery mixed with a mayonnaise dressing. The Heloise version we ran recently is just one of hundreds of variations out there. In the past few years, some folks have been using unflavored Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. No matter what you like, or how you like to alter the ingredients, enjoy your version of the Waldorf salad. — Heloise

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