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Current issue: Winter 2022
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Secrets to enjoying a healthy retirement
Like many adult children, I worry sometimes about my retired parents. Then I pick up the phone and ask my 76-year-old mother and 81-year-old father what they did that day. Usually there’s some mention of a yoga class (my mom) and always a golf game (my dad), a concert or an incredible new novel. While many of their peers struggle with isolation, boredom and lack of purpose, they just have a knack for retirement. What’s their secret?
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What our members have to say
With Aetna, I’ve got everything that I could ever ask for.
“I feel Aetna is very caring to the people that are on Social Security, and I knew I could go back to my old insurance if I wasn’t happy. But looking back now, it was the best decision.”
AETNA MEDICARE ADVANTAGE MEMBER
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0:17 CAROLINE: Before I had my knee replacement. I’ve had both knees done at separate times. But before I had any surgery, I had a nurse representing Aetna call me and ask me if I had any questions about my procedure, if there was anything that I was unfamiliar with
or concerned about.
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00:37 If I had a question, just pick up the phone, gave me her name, number, and told me to give her a call. And I felt comfortable, and I felt protected.
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00:48 ROBERT: The rep was very helpful. I mean, he went out of his way. So I said, “Well, it’s kind of confusing here as far as what this means. He explained this whole process of what units mean and as it relates to physical therapy visits.
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01:05 GERRY: They taught me what carbohydrates were. How to read the labels on the cans and that type of thing. It was a real learning experience for me. I’m really happy I could talk to the Aetna nurse.
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01:19 PHILLIP: I’m thankful that my doctor and my insurance company can work together. From what I understand, certain people, it just doesn’t work that way.
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01:30 AMANDA: It’s one hour dedicated solely to them. What their needs are, what their challenges are. It’s a different approach to healthcare.
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01:39 PHILLIP: They said “You know, we have a place that you’d be able to get your Dexilant. They told me where to get the form. They told me the people to contact. I think they even contacted them. They didn’t have to go that far to help me with that.
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02:01 JOHN: They encouraged us to take advantage of a lot of the programs that they have and we’ve done that.
02:08 DOREEN: Aetna saved my mobility for sure.
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The value of care management
Aetna Medicare Advantage plan members share their experiences with our care management program and nurses. (2 min. 27 sec.)
Marshall: To walk up the stairs when I first got home, it seemed like it was walking up mount Everest. Would I ever make it up there? I have been living with diabetes for years. I had triple bypass surgery in 2014, and 2016 I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I lost a lot of my confidence at that time because I would look in the mirror and he just seemed like a half the man that I used to be. And I didn’t have anybody that I really felt comfortable talking to. I pretty much depend on myself a lot. Nicole is my nurse through Aetna.
Nicole and Marshall [simultaneously]: Hey!
Marshall: She changed my life because she helped me to find someone that I could open up to. Instead of being all by myself. She was like my little special guardian angel there for me. She helped me to explain things to me, my medication, my healthcare, my eating habits. She helped me to feel more confidence in myself. My goal is to get healthy one step at a time. I’m gonna get up and do something about my life. Instead of doing something negative I can do something positive for my body and my mind. You see that older guy walking down the street with his head up high walking straight not humped over and like he’s about ready to fall out. I felt my strength coming back. I’m gonna make it. I’m strong. I will survive.
Hear from Marshall about his quest to find the confidence to keep fighting despite a series of health setbacks. (2 min. 6 sec.)
John – Aetna Medicare Advantage member since August, 2016
“The company that I originally started with was Harrison Radiator, which was a division of General Motors. We took pride in what we did. We were making all the heating and air conditioning units for the General Motors cars, and in fact, I spotted several cars where my sticker was put on one of the heaters that was in the car, so I knew that was a job I did and I was very proud of that.”
[John loves a good joke]
“The plant at Harrison Radiator was a smaller plant and it was a lot like family. There were tricks that people played on one another. I would just say with grease and things like that and gloves and maybe in a sandwich.”
[But his real love is for cars]
“When I was a kid, I built model cars and I loved draw automobiles. I did want to be an auto designer and originally when I was thinking about going to college, I did want to go to General Motors Institute and study car design.”
[So Aetna ensured he’s always in the driver’s seat]
“When you join up with Aetna, first they have a doctor, which they hire to assign and come over and give you an initial physical to see what kind of help you might need with your medications or your overall health. He took my blood pressure. The blood pressure was abnormally high, so when he saw my medication that I was on he said I really think I should get ahold of your doctor, and if it wasn’t for the Aetna physician, I may not have the results that I have. I have to watch my diet specifically now because I am diabetic. Walking was the exercise that I always liked to do and that’s an important part of being healthy.”
[And we’re with him every step of the way]
“Aetna has been a big blessing in providing us with really excellent health care. They’ve encouraged us to take advantage of a lot of the programs that they have and we’ve done that. It’s been just a wonderful service to have. I would have to say a word that describes my relationship with Aetna would be excellence.”
[Drive on, John]
Managing high blood pressure
Hear from John as he shares how Aetna doctors helped him manage his blood pressure to ensure a heathy and active retirement. (2 min. 17 sec.)
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