The War on Medicare
War bound seniors? Yes, there is a possibility that seniors may go to war to keep their Medicare. When I learned the Representative Tom Price was named Secretary of Health and Human Services my heart sunk. Why? Senator Price has been the backer of privatizing Medicare. As a gerontologist, I know aging often brings wisdom, experience, and changes in health.
For the most part, my family has been healthy. When we have needed healthcare it was available. We had medical insurance. We also had family members to advocate for health needs.
Advocate in the Name of a Family Member
Here is the deal. We all age differently. For example, some of us will never have an illness in older age. On the other hand, others may develop a chronic condition. More importantly, many of may not have the wherewithal to fight for health care at age 80. What you do today for a family member, may pay off in your older age.
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About the Author
Currently, Judi Bonilla is the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. She is the first gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Judi has also spoken at the American Society on Aging and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She also served as a fellow for Hispanics in Philanthropy and Senior Service America. Judi is the author of Freewheeling After Sixty a book for older drivers. In addition, the City of San Diego honored her for launching Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.