Bruce and Karen’s Medicare Moment: Staying active and making a new neighborhood home

Bruce and Karen’s Medicare Moment: Staying active and making a new neighborhood home


(soft piano music) – We moved from Pennsylvania to Charlotte about a year and a half ago. Karen- I think the deciding
factor for us was the grandchildren. They were growing up so quickly and we wanted to be part of
their lives on a daily basis and take advantage of
it while we still could. Bruce- We had to really scurry, and it was traumatic. Most of the trauma came from
moving from a 3500 sq ft house into a 1200 sq ft condominium. Karen- Making the decision
of what to keep and what not to keep is very hard. But the good news is that
once it’s all said and done, it’s very freeing. I feel a lot lighter. Bruce- An Advantage
program for us is good. It’s easy to understand
and it’s all-encompassing. Karen- SilverSneakers
was important because we wanted to be part of the whole program. Bruce- When we came here,
the big determining factor was the fact that there’s
a gym that’s available 7 days a week and SilverSneakers allows us to make use of all the facilities. Karen- The lady that teaches
our class asks every time, “Is there a birthday or anniversary? Would somebody like to share something?” She’s just the best. And if somebody doesn’t show
up for a couple of weeks she finds out if their ill and
then we write a get well card and so it’s really a very welcoming group. – I’d say 90% of the people
we met down here we met as a result of SilverSneakers. And it’s a social thing. We get there 20 minutes
before the class starts and so does everybody else
and we’re all exchanging recipes and “what did you do last night?” “We saw a show.” We’ve gone to dinner with
them, we go out to shows with them, we go to church with them. We’ve become social butterflies here. We know as many people
here in a year as we knew up there in 40 years. Bruce- We walk a lot and we
go to the SilverSneakers gym 3 days a week. – I also got involved with
volunteering and I think volunteering is an important
part of an active life once you’re retired. Bruce- I have a website and
I continue to work maybe 8 or 10 hours a week on selling
stamps all over the world. – I think we’re looking
forward mainly to seeing our grandchildren grow up. – I have this experience
of being a caregiver to my 92-year-old parents. We had a health crisis
that sort of was a trigger and ultimately had them
sell their home and move to Florida to be near me. They didn’t want to leave
their home, they loved their home, they didn’t want
to disrupt their friends in being near their friends, so it was really really hard. Four or five years later they
transitioned and they’ve made new friends in the community
and they’re very happy and living, you know, active lives. It’s given us the opportunity
to spend more quality time with them and create memories
at this later stage of life. I’m able to reflect on this
personal experience that I’ve had through my parents and
translate that into a mission and a focus to improve the way
seniors experience health care across the United States. Our connection that we
make with members, I think is what sets Aetna apart in the industry. We’re designing benefits
and programs to help members in their journey of aging actively. We have Resources For Living,
a program that’s very tailored and unique that helps
seniors know and understand what resources are
available in the community. There’s a whole gamut
of what seniors want to do, and our goal is to meet
them where they wanna be met so we can help them on their path. Whether it’s to be able to
spend more time with their family, to swim, to
exercise, to eat healthy, whatever it may be, our
approach is really looking at the member as a whole
and building programs around them. And that’s
unique because traditional Medicare doesn’t do that.

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