Looking into My Future Health

We are in Houston this weekend visiting Susan’s Mom and sister.  We are staying with Susan’s Mom. She lives in a beautiful senior independent living facility. It is quite interesting and a wake-up call to be around so many folks who are 15-25 years older than I. Susan and I discussed this at breakfast and I thought I would write about it.

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A Lucky Healthy Baby Boomer at 64

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.

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Estimate Your Retirement Health Care Costs

We have all heard that the future cost of health care is a huge retirement wild card. I consistently read retirement health care cost estimates in the low to mid six figures. At 65, we are eligible for Medicare but it doesn’t cover everything. Also, are these general cost estimates applicable to all of us? Not necessarily. In some cases, luck is involved. In other cases, your current health status can be a predictor of future costs.  A free tool from the AARP tries to take all of that into account to give you a number that you can work with, a number that will scare you,  or both!

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The Best Baby Boomer Exercise

As a baby boomer, how often have you wondered what the very best exercise is for you to do on a regular basis? The question is important because most of us don’t want to exercise – just for the sake of exercise – any more than reasonably necessary. This means selecting exercises that are effective and time efficient. So what is the best baby boomer exercise?

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Steps to Optimize Your Final Years

If you are a baby boomer like me, you are realistically in the last third of your life.  The good news is that you are still young enough to make changes. Why make changes? To increase the probability that your final years will be good ones. I’m talking about some of the basics of a happy life: staying mobile and avoiding dementia. Lots of folks worry about running out of money when they hit that last decade. I’m more concerned about staying functional. What good is money if all of it is being spent on nursing home care?

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Changing Primary Care Physicians

I found a new primary care physician this week after an extended period of procrastination. I scheduled a visit for my first wellness exam in four years.  As far as I know now (pending completion of lab work), I am healthy. Nevertheless, at age 63, I thought it was important to find someone new to be a resource for my overall healthcare as I move deeper into my last third of life. There were several reasons why I made this change now.

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