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Dear Carol: My husband and I are both 76 and have been healthy, though he’s had problems with high blood pressure. Lately, he’s begun to shuffle his feet as he walks. I try to remind him to pick up his feet because, well, it’s irritating, and it seems like an “old people” thing to do. I realize that we are old people, but we’ve kept up with things through our kids and grandkids and we both socialize and volunteer, so we’re considered young for our ages. This shuffling worries me because it seems to be a sign of worse to come. Am I over-reacting? Is this something that he can change if he puts his mind to it? We haven’t noticed any other signs of worsening health. – TY

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