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The Boomer Generation faces health and retirement choices

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By DOUG HEINLEN
AARP Florida President
On Jan. 1, 2011, the first wave of Baby Boomers — 2.8 million of them in this one year alone — will begin turning 65. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that almost 8,000 people a day will celebrate that significant birthday, and it's a process that will continue through 2039 when the last of the 78 million Boomers reaches 65.
The months leading up to this milestone birthday are fraught with decisions about retirement, health care and lifestyles.
But none are as important and long-reaching as choices about Medicare. In the months preceding their 65th birthdays, Boomers will receive their Medicare cards for the first time. Although most Boomers are not eligible for full Social Security benefits until age 66, they are eligible for Medicare at age 65.
The questions being asked by this generation are significant: Do I sign up for Medicare? When must I enroll? And, most importantly, where can I find accurate information about my Medicare choices?


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