I’m a very fortunate 64 year old, particularly in the health department. I need to keep reminding myself of that. Moreover, I need to express gratitude to friends, family and the world at large for making it so. Do you ever feel this way? Let’s talk about it for a minute.
On Tuesday night, Susan and I attended an intermediate west coast swing dance class. This was another hour of injury-free and pain-free recreation.
Yesterday, I set a reminder on my Google Calendar for September 16 – to sign up for Medicare! FYI – You should sign up for at least Medicare Part A during the enrollment period that begins three months before you turn 65 and four months after. Medicare Part A is free so you have nothing to lose by enrolling, even if you are still working and covered by other insurance. If you work for a small employer – fewer than 20 employees – you should also enroll in Medicare Part B during this seven month enrollment period. If you neglect to enroll in Medicare during the mandatory enrollment periods, your costs later on can increase permanently.
It is good to know that Medicare will be available to me soon. I am lucky to have this low cost health care option that is not available to everyone.
This morning I went to the dentist to check on a tooth that was giving me some trouble. The dental assistant took my blood pressure. It was in the normal range – another health condition fact for which I am grateful.
The assistant then asked me whether I had any medical problems and what medications I was taking. My answers: No health care problems and no medications.
She almost seemed shocked, particularly about the medications. My guess is that she typically hears different answers from baby boomer patients.
She said I was very fortunate not to be taking any medications. I agreed.
The dentist had to do some work on my tooth. It was annoying and slightly painful. However, I thought about what the dental assistant had said to me and about my earlier experiences at dance class with Susan. A mental smile appeared. I had nothing to complain about, did I?
Coincidentally, today’s Next Avenue email newsletter from PBS was focused on baby boomers and our teeth. (You should subscribe to this newsletter by the way. It is very good with lots of helpful information for folks in our generation. Sign up here.) I learned that two generations ago, most people our age had already lost most of their teeth and were probably wearing dentures. Ouch.
I still have all of my teeth. I can tango and swing dance. I don’t take medications. I’m 64. I’m a lucky baby boomer.