THE POWER OF ADVOCACY
Start by being your own best advocate. Advocacy is about having someone on your side. We all need advocates throughout our lives. But having someone in your corner can be especially important as you prepare for retirement — when you're making decisions about Medicare and other things that will impact the future of your finances and your ability to afford the health care you may need in retirement.
Becoming your own advocate is the first and most important step you can take. After all, no one is going to be more invested in the outcome of your decisions than you.
Being a self-advocate begins with education. It means doing research and asking questions, and determining what you can — or can't — live with.
Sometimes being your own advocate also means asking a relative or friend for their advice. They may have knowledge or skills you can tap into, or they may be able to provide support.