I accepted the challenge of my family and friends to once again attempt the great Iowa bike ride. RAGBRAI stands for [the Des Moines] Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. It started in 1973 with just a few riders. I was 13 in 1975 when I rode on RAGBRAI for the first time. I was one of roughly 2,700 riders to complete the adventure.
What Does a Bike Ride Have to do with ApparentPlan
ApparentPlan's mission is to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for older adults. Can you imagine a more inspiring way to learn these secrets than to ride up alongside a Medicare beneficiary, who is aging well, and learn their story? Hearing and sharing these stories will help ApparentPlan become even better at what we do. With roughly 25,000 riders, a large number of them will be over the age 65. My goal is to ride alongside as many "experienced" riders as possible and not only hear their wisdom about what keeps them aging well but also about their concerns (and trust me, with Medicare, there are a lot).
On a personal note, my dad rode on RAGBRAI when he was 87, just three years ago. He passed away in this past January. In many ways, this ride is a tribute to him. My last RAGBRAI was nearly three decades ago. I'll be riding a long time before I see RAGBRAI at 87. For me, the bar has been set. Dad always set a pretty high bar. This year, I hope to ride alongside another 87 year-old rider and share stories.
RAGBRAI is a symbol of the path that ApparentPlan is on. We have many miles to go and much work to do. 10,000 Baby Boomers roll onto Medicare every day. Chronic disease accounts for over $3 trillion in Medicare expenditure every year. Almost every day, I am blessed to see the impact our programs have on our clients' lives. My hope is that you will come alongside us and join us. Please donate as you are able to help us keep pedaling forward and improving the life and health trajectory of older adults --moms, dads, grandparents and one day -- maybe even you.
Thank you so very much for your words of encouragement and support.
Tracy Keibler, Director
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