A pharmacist I have never met has enabled me to manage buttons, snaps, hooks and shoelaces without difficulty each morning.
While I've never talked with Armon Neel Jr., I've read his recently published book that was co-written with journalist Bill Hogan, "Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?"
Straightforward and full of facts and anecdotes, it is a book for senior citizens, caregivers, doctors and even lawmakers looking for ways to cut soaring medical costs.
Despite the title, it focuses on both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, warning us, for example, to substitute acetaminophen pain relievers for ibuprofen and naproxen. He explains the reasons and, yes, he gives brand names.
Simply put, as we age, our bodies lose the ability to break down some drugs and have less tolerance for others.
I learned we gradually fail to produce an enzyme essential for absorbing vitamin B12. That revelation brought relief for me.
"Older people need to be given vitamin B12 by injections - or, as a second choice, sublingually (under the tongue) - in order to receive any benefits from it," Neel writes.
This spring I started a daily dose of B12 that initially alleviated the early morning hand numbness and pain from carpal tunnel symptoms that date back more than three decades but have worsened this year.
The first B12 supplement I used was an under-the-tongue variety.
The second was a pill version. Soon I was struggling to make my fingers function each morning.
Since I've returned to that tiny under-the-tongue - an inexpensive over-the-counter pill with half the dosage of the pill form - dressing has been almost a breeze.
I'm sure that was hardly the goal for Neel, 73, a consulting pharmacist focusing on geriatric private patients and nursing home residents since 1977.
Rather the book focuses on serious consequences of use and overuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications that are suitable for younger people but not for the over-60 crowd.
We endure ads for many of those very drugs every time we turn on the nightly news ... those lauded for addressing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, bone loss, indigestion and reflux symptoms and allergies.
Neel is blunt at times, as in the concluding paragraph about statins that are prescribed to lower "bad" cholesterol.
"If you're 60 or older, my recommendation is that you stay away from statins at all cost - the greatest cost, of course, being your good health."