Well, another year has flown by, and with it the "window of opportunity" to change Medicare supplemental plans that comes every year in late November. If you are like most of us, it's a big yawn and a classic if-it-ain't-broke-don't-try-to-fix-it moment. Inertia can easily take over when it comes to health care decision making, for folks of any age.
May I suggest that you approach the coming new year just a little differently than those of the past? Consider making 2018 the year that you take some serious steps toward being health literate.
Step 1. Learn how to access reliable sources of information that you will need for preventive, routine, emergency or end-of-life care decision making, for yourself or a loved one.
Step 2. Become familiar with the process of shared decision making, so you are prepared to be an informed medical decision maker, whether you're facing a new prescription or a life-limiting diagnosis.
Step 3. Take a few simple actions steps, such as creating written records of your medications and medical conditions, and making a written plan for substitute decision making with advance directives.
My promise to you is that when you are finished, you will be a more empowered patient or decisive caregiver for someone else. I promise.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!