After a career in PR, it would take the encouragement of a fellow writer for Lisa to take the plunge. She completed an MFA in writing at 48 and had her first book—a memoir about her journey to rediscover her dad after his death—published 10 years later.
After her time as a homeschooling mom had "run its course," Maura chose to reinvent in midlife. Today she is an author, podcaster, speaker, and course creator—all aimed at "the advancement of the human race."
Many of us are confused about Medicare. Can you give us the basics?
Medicare is a national health insurance program for people aged 65 and over and younger people with certain disabilities or chronic heath conditions. Original Medicare has been around since 1965 and has two parts.
Part A is your inpatient hospital coverage and Part B is outpatient medical coverage. These are the foundation of your coverage when Medicare is your primary insurance. You can then add Medicare supplemental coverage to fill in the gaps plus a Part D drug plan to help pay for your prescriptions.
Medicare insures over 50 million people in the U.S and has an enormous network of providers—more than 800,000 of healthcare providers nationwide.
A powerful experience creating a "funny family" of friends supporting a woman going through cancer would launch Sheila's reinvention in midlife—helping create other such caregiving tribes through her book and nonprofit Share the Care.