Rich London and Marie Jaffe were in studio with me this morning. Marie was last on Radio 4 the Ages April 2nd of 2012, which was I think her first day on the job as the Executive Director of the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas. So we got her off to a great beginning! And Rich London is also a past veteran of my show. Rich was first on back in December when we discussed his inspirational message for those living with PD. Rich is an author, motivational speaker and outspoken proponent for exercise and staying active in your life. His message ties in very well with my own presentation, P.L.E.A.S.E. (prayer, laughter, exercise, attitude, service, everyday) that I deliver to the 50+ crowd at various church and senior center groups.
Rich London: ahandbookforlife.com
Marie Jaffe, Parkinson Associaton of the Carolinas www.parkinsonassociation.org
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Frankly, whenever I think about Medicare, and it’s getting to be more often lately as I approach my 65th, I do think of Sesame Street and the ‘brought to you by’ letters.
I have attended several seminars on Medicare in the past, and admittedly, I was still a bit confused as to how it all works; and do I really need all the letters? You know how some folks are really good at math or science, and at the same time, maybe not so adept at grammar and composition? Well, I’m a fairly bright guy, or at least that what the IQ tests indicate, but for some reason Medicare has been as challenging for me to get as trigonometry.
Well, that’s all old news now! John Hill was my guest on this latest leg of my journey with Radio 4 the Ages. John is in the insurance sales business; one of those folks who everyone should be talking to but many avoid? You know, like if you don’t talk to the insurance sales person, or at least if you don’t buy life insurance, then you’ll live forever. Anyway, John has a wonderful knowledge of Medicare and all of its’ parts. And on this show, John explained it all to me just like I was a four year old; which means simply and slowly, and even repetitively at times. John is also involved in assisting folks of all ages to procure prescription medications for free, and he talks about the web site needymeds.org on this show.
After spending an interesting two hours with John, I now understand Medicare, which I’ll be signing up for later this year. Or at least I understand it enough to get started with it. And I know that I can call my friend John Hill if I have questions. And you can too! John’s number in South Carolina is 803-517-3838.
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Today’s show was on the Affordable Care Act, the costs of medical care in the U.S., Life Expectancy, Infant Mortality, and some rationale on how to pay for health care for all in this country. I discussed my recent hospital bills, and what seems like exorbitant fees for emergency room care. Discussions on these topics are always a bit dry, but the subject matter needs to be covered on the current state of medical care and costs in our country. For all of our wealth and technology, we are far from the top of the list when it comes to life expectancy and lowering infant mortality rates.
There must be a better formula for providing adequate and affordable medical care for all of our citizens, just as we do with police protection. Thanks for listening, and I’d appreciate your comments.