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Meet Gerry

Meet Gerry

Gerry shares part of his retirement story and how his Aetna Medicare Advantage plan fits into his life.

Gerald O’Hare 

Aetna Medicare Advantage member 


“My name is Gerry O’Hare and I live in West Deptford, New Jersey. I grew up in this area I know this area very well. I’m a Vietnam veteran. I went to college on the GI bill and I became a teacher. I taught elementary grades and in the middle school grades, in different school districts in the state of New Jersey.


When I retired, they gave me a choice of what health care company I would use, and they gave me a chart. And it was a really interesting chart, because on one side, it had the names of the companies, and as you look towards the right it was the different areas of healthcare that that company covered. Well, Aetna had all the sections covered and I’ve been happy with Aetna ever since.


I have a hearing loss from the war, and I wear hearing aids. If I’m on the telephone I may miss half of what’s being told to me. When the nurse called me, she told me that Aetna has this Healthy Home Visit Program and that they would like to come to my house, and talk to me, check my medication. I’d much rather have someone come to my house - this way I can hear everything, I can express myself.


We talked about losing weight which is always a problem for me because I like to eat and I’m diabetic. So, she says well you’re what they call insulin resistant and I really didn’t know about the different types of foods that I should eat or should not eat. They taught me how to read the labels it was a real learning experience for me. And I did lose 50 pounds - clothes are a little big now and I’m very pleased with the Healthy Home visits.


I was recommended to walk by the Aetna nurse, but because I had diabetes, I have to take care of my feet. So, I go to a podiatrist, they told me in the office well if you have diabetes then your insurance company will help you get shoes. Because if I go barefoot around the house, I could step on something and not realize it and get an infection. So, I applied for these boots that I like, and Aetna did help me with that.


Part of staying healthy is having a good social life and meeting different people. I find that that type of activity keeps me sharp, it keeps me alert. I have four children and I have three grandchildren. I want to spend as much time with my grandchildren as I can. I want them to remember me as a healthy person. Aetna has helped me with that, and I’m really happy about that.”

Marshall’s story

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. 

Marshall’s story

Hear from Marshall about his quest to find the confidence to keep fighting despite a series of health setbacks.