There are a few things I assumed wouldn’t cross my radar until I was much older but have found myself to be mistaken. For example, which seed mix backyard birds like best. While staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve found it very important to keep my new feathered friends eager to come back for our morning visits. And then there’s the importance of sunscreen — for hands. Who knew sun spots are just as happy to find their way onto a 40-year-old’s hands as they are onto a 60-year-old’s?
Another topic I thought I could forego until my mid-60s: Medicare — what it is, how one gets it and which plan to choose.
As we find ourselves approaching Medicare’s annual open enrollment period, also known as the annual election period or AEP, many Gen Xers like myself — and a few millennials too — are realizing that they should learn about Medicare and the many options available. This isn’t because we’re a generation of independent go-getters, eager to get a jump-start on our retirement needs — which we are, by the way — but rather because many of us need to be able to help our aging parents make some important decisions about this often confusing issue.
“Navigating Medicare can be challenging, but with the right help from experts and loved ones, it can be manageable,” says Don Truong, director of sales at Sharp Health Plan. “Luckily, there are resources dedicated to helping you understand everything you need to know about Medicare.”