How To Age Well

“Getting old ain’t for sissies,” that’s what my neighbor used to say.

The good news is there are many small things we can do daily to slow down the aging process.

Keep moving. Seven thousand steps or about 30 minutes of daily exercise seems to essential to staying healthy and aging well. A little bit of exercise daily goes a long way, we don’t need to go crazy working out.

Engage with others. Saying hello to others we encounter during daily errands or reconnecting with friends and family can provide a huge boost to our mental health and help us to enjoy life and to live longer.

Use your brain. Read books, listen to podcasts, do puzzles, try out a new recipe for jalapeno cornbread. Changing your routine and doing new things will improve your cognitive functioning and it could slow down the aging process.

Here’s an article with ideas on how to slow down the aging process.

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Hello, this is Karl Bruns-Kyler with the Big 65 Medicare insurance services and today I want to talk about avoiding Medicare trolls.

My Medicare clients tell me they are being bombarded by ads promising thousands of dollars.

Don’t be fooled. Every plan has trade-offs, but most of these advertisements talk about benefits that you are not eligible for.

If you want to get the facts on what plans are available in your zip code, book a time on my calendar below.

I promise to give you just a facts.

If you have questions about Medicare Insurance Coverage…

Book a time on my calendar here.

Beware of The Fall!

Beware of The Fall – I hope this note finds you well and engaged in meaningful summer activities.

I was walking Plato on the trail behind our house last night and I came upon a stranger…

Super healthy, super fit, she had fallen off her bike and was bleeding.

We called the rescue squad and they were on the scene in minutes. Thank goodness she was okay!

Falls can happen to anyone, either while exercising or just at home.

Adding nightlights to the bedroom can make a big difference.

Beware of The Fall – Also, if you have to get up every night to go to the bathroom, you might benefit by having your medications reviewed.

In addition, practicing balance exercises during the day can help as well.

Here are some simple balance exercises that can make a huge difference!

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Be safe and balanced.

Is It Time For The Doctor To Deprescribe Your Medication?

I hope this note finds you well.

As an Independent Medicare Insurance Broker, with no ties to Medicare, I often chat with people on Medicare and learn about their medications.

It’s unusual for me to speak with Medicare consumers who aren’t taking any medications.

That’s why I was super excited to read about this initiative to “Eliminate Medication Overload.”

Check out the initiative here.

In the video I mistakenly said, “Two thirds of all Medicare Consumers are taking over five medications.”

The actual number is “39% of those over age 65 now use five or more medications- that’s a 70 percent increase over 12 years.” Polypharmacy is often defined as “taking five or more drugs concurrently.”

Taking multiple medications regularly increases the chances of unwanted side effects and adverse reactions.

So the next time you refill a prescription or visit a physician, bring a complete list of all your medications and ask:

1. What is this drug for?
2. Why am I taking it?
3. Could it be having a negative interaction with any of the other drugs I am taking?
4. Do I really need to be taking this medication?
5. Is there a safer and/or a less expensive alternative?

You may need to be on all your current medications, but maybe you’ll be surprised :). That’s the drive to deprescribe.

That’s it for this week and if you have questions about Medicare Insurance Coverage, book a time on my calendar here!

Quotations from “The Dangers of ‘Polypharmacy,’ the Ever-Mounting Pile of Pills.” NYT 6/13/21

How To Change The Future

I hope this note finds you well despite the madness of the times.

My wife and I just finished a climb in the Andes, to the high vista of Rainbow Mountain, over 17,000 feet.

It was one of the toughest climbs we’ve ever done and we weren’t sure if we would make it to the top…

but we did it :).

Part of the reason we made it is the story we told ourselves:

It doesn’t have to be perfect. Thirty steps, then rest. Thirty steps, then rest and take a drink.

Remind ourselves that “gettin’ old ain’t for sissies.” Then thirty more steps and repeat.

Creating a future that we want to live begins today by rewriting the script, changing the storyline and adapting.

And also laughing as much as possible, at ourselves and the world.

Studies have shown people who reframe getting old as an “adventure” actually live longer, 7.6 years to be exact.. Here’s the article.

Cognitive psychologists often describe our late forties and early fifties as one of the most challenging times for people to find happiness.

But when we arrive to our 60s, our 70s and our 80s, these should be the happiest times of our lives.

It begins by living well now. Taking care of our health, helping others, doing interesting things and rewriting the story of how we see the world, aging and life.

Remember, if we focus on the past, our thoughts will be filled with regret.

If we focus on the future, we’ll be living in fear.

All we can do is live in the present and do our best.

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I’ll promise to help you take the mystery out of Medicare.

Rewriting the script is up to you!