2020 and 2021 paved a new way for those ‘Golden Years’ to be interpreted, and I think I can safely say they were challenging. 2022 was supposed to be much better, but since life is a journey we are still dealing with some of the same issues plus a few new ones thrown in.
This year also dealt us, like many others, a medical challenge. One thing we learned – don’t stop looking for a solution after the first doctor tells you to basically go home because you are in your senior years and have other medical issues.
I worked in Human Resources for many years and lived with the term ‘age discrimination’ bantered about, responded to and documented numerous complaints, and sat in several court rooms as the company representative. I’m sorry to say, ‘I usually know it when I see it.’
As we age, there is a certain amount of age discrimination encountered in our daily living and that can include a few in the medical community. Do not accept it and make your concerns known to the appropriate people with documented facts. Then move on because with a little research you can find other cutting edge people in the field who will provide options.
None of us are living forever, but we do want the best quality of life that we can enjoy. With that thought always foremost in your mind, talk to family, friends, and check reviews for doctors who may be able to assist you in reaching that goal.
Since we are talking about the medical community, there is also another part of that group worthy of note which is their billing department.
Sometimes there is an unexpected issue that finds its way to you that includes what those in the medical billing community refer to as a ‘surprise billing.’ Yes, that is the real term. We just had that wonderful experience as well, and I can tell you that if you persevere with documentation and they can’t explain their ‘surprise bill’ item by item to you or your insurance company, they end up having to write it off.
Some times, these Golden Years are hard work. 🙂
In between, I’m still gardening, sewing and enjoying the cooler fall weather. Mother Nature is gifting us with some much needed rain today. I know the tourists aren’t happy since it is a long holiday weekend, but those of us who live here with our current drought situation sure are. ☔️
* If you ever wondered where the term ‘Golden Years’ came from, it appears to have originated in 1959 in a Sun City retirement advertising campaign.
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