Life Begins at 65?

While persuing the internet we cam across an interesting post on the Kaiser Health News website titled Who Knew? Life Begins (Again) At 65 by a guy named Bruce Horoviz who used to work for USA Today.

Horovitz writes that not only is he happy to be 65, he has come up with a playbook for this phase of his life. He quotes James Firman, CEO of the National Council on Aging, who turned 65 two years ago. “There’s really nothing to prepare us for the transition to this next phase of life.”

So Horovitz wrote one. Here are some of the things he recommends:

Consider enrolling in Medicare Part A, to cover hospitalization expenses. It works for me because my family is still covered under my wife’s health care plan

  • Double up on checkups. My annual visit to my primary care doctor evolved into a biannual visit. “Age 65 is a time to proactively visit a geriatric physician instead of just going when you’re in trouble,” said Dr. Ardeshir Hashmi, director of the Center for Geriatric Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. “Don’t wait until things get to a point where you’re in a cycle of being in and out of the hospital all the time.” Starting at age 65, he said, these visits should last longer than the standard 20 minutes — so older patients have time to discuss what’s on their minds. Older patients who do this regularly tend to require “minor tweaks” instead of major repairs, said Hashmi.