Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Random Thoughts for Elders (and Others)
Still holding my breath over the debt ceiling. Here is the latest New Yorker cover which would be would be funny if it were not so real.
LATE NIGHT RUMINATIONS
• Regarding anti-aging products and other futile attempts to deny old age, doesn't there come a point when it is just undignified to pretend to be young?
• Maybe I should take a page from the LGBT community and start a “coming out” movement for elders: “I'm old and I'm proud.”
• Could it turn the word “old” from an insult into a compliment? Or even better, into just a description?
• Perhaps then we could we stop “honoring” elders with condescension. (The public transportation system in Portland, Oregon refers to elder riders as “honored citizens.” Blech.)
• People claim to be young at heart. What's wrong with old at heart? It sounds to me like someone who has a lot of practice at living and loving.
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT
Open enrollment begins today for Medicare. Unfortunately, with the government shutdown still in force, Health and Human Services employees are on furlough and the medicare.gov website has not been updated for more than two weeks.
Perhaps, like me, you are looking for a new prescription drug program. You can search around the Medicare website but you will need to telephone the provider to confirm premium, deductible, copays and the formulary you need.
Enrollment is open for just seven weeks and the longer the shutdown continues, the longer it will take to update the website when it ends and the madder the scramble from millions of beneficiaries to find new coverage.
You can thank the rump of the Republican Party for this.
A RESPITE FROM FURY
There's no telling what will happen in Congress later today (Monday) but I have a date in a few minutes with local Girl Scouts for an inter-generational Brownies (yum) and Board Games get-together at the local Adult Community Center. See you tomorrow.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Thomas Moore: Surviving Life