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Drivingjoris-v-541657-unsplashDear Carol: A friend of mine lives alone in an apartment. She’s 73 and has an active life. Recently, though, she has gotten lost when driving a couple of our mutual friends to familiar places. She's also been forgetting our regular get-togethers. Several of us have noticed that she repeats herself often. We’ve talked with her extended family but they say that she’s just getting older and aren’t interested in more involvement. Should I approach her in a non-threatening way to talk about changes we all experience as we age while I call attention to my own struggles? Maybe I can determine if she's self-aware or in denial. Should I contact her family again? Should I just stay out of it? GT

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