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Getting a yearly physical in the middle of the deadliest pandemic in a century may seem low on the priority list, but keeping up with personal health in small ways throughout the year may save some trouble down the road.

Do you realize more than 3 million Americans turn 65 every year? And so do many participants in ACSHIC. After many years of education service to our schools, our health plan participants are now faced with new and important health care decisions — decisions made much more difficult after retirement because they are often made them without guidance. During these people’s working lives, the school districts by which they were employed provided them with all of their needed health care guidance.

When I was twenty years old my mom told me, “Before you get married look at your girlfriend with both eyes wide open. Once you get married close one eye because you’ll see things you can’t change.” When we’re in love, we’re extremely optimistic. We overlook our partner’s flaws and some people even believe they can change their spouse once they get married. I can almost hear you laughing. I’m going to take my mother’s advice, close one eye and describe why this story has relevance to your career.

When I was twenty years old my mom told me, “Before you get married look at your girlfriend with both eyes wide open. Once you get married close one eye because you’ll see things you can’t change.” When we’re in love, we’re extremely optimistic. We overlook our partner’s flaws and some people even believe they can change their spouse once they get married. I can almost hear you laughing. I’m going to take my mother’s advice, close one eye and describe why this story has relevance to your career.

I am so pleased to be writing for the fall edition of Community Health magazine. For those of you that I have met in person since I began working for the county in July, you've most likely heard me say that I am very excited to be Ontario County’s director of human resources. I’m looking forward to being part of this organization and I am thrilled that Ontario County is supportive of improving employees’ health and wellness.