An Elder Interview about the Aging Process and Health Care Essay

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After spending an afternoon interviewing my elderly father-in-law, I gained insight into how he perceives the aging process and the impact on the quality of his life. First, and foremost he viewed aging in a very positive and healthy manner. He believes that a positive attitude assists in accepting physical and psychosocial changes and enjoyed the fact that he and his wife are both physically fit and cognitively alert. He felt confident that advances made in health care and the quality of their lives would continue to be empowering. He enjoys the benefits of being a senior citizen including discounted travel, free education, and other incentives marketed towards seniors. He expressed a sense of well-being with respect to the numerous…show more content…
He married his lovely bride of 52 years when he was 22 years old and shortly there-after had a son and ten years later had another son. His young married years were riddled with worry about finances and making ends meet, specifically related to the affordability of health insurance. He was forced to purchase health insurance because his newborn was repeatedly getting pneumonia, the worries surmounted. With trepidation Ron used all the money he received as a wedding gift, totaling $1500.00 and bought a piece of land. He was able to finance $10,000 to build a home for his young family. His mortgage was $65.00 a month and his BCBS health insurance monthly fee was $700, this was in 1958. When Ron turned 50 years old he decided to upgrade his home to a better neighborhood and built a custom 4,500 square foot home. As soon as Ron's two boys finished high school they worked together as Garfield Construction for many years until Ron retired at 70 years old.
Ron is very happy as an enrolled participant of Medicare and specifically Medicare Part D. His eligibility for Medicare and the affordability of health insurance at the spry age of 74 was a blessing for Ron and his wife. Like Ron and his wife, many of the elderly depend on payments from government sources for their health care, and there is concern that this part of the system is also in decay. Medicare is a federal health insurance
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