Catching Up With...Diane Omdahl

 

Diane Omdahl is one of those fascinating Boomers who is never satisfied - and I mean that in a good way.

After having a full career as a registered nurse, this Baby Boomer along with her daughter Melinda Caughill, created 65 Incorporated. It's an independent and unbiased source that helps Boomers get the most out of Medicare and its bursting at the seams with good, useful information.

With all of the changes happening in the world of healthcare and the forever evolving Affordable Care Act, you'd think Diane would be too busy to talk. Nah. We were lucky enough catch her early one morning....

What are you doing these days?

I live with my husband in the house we built almost 33 years ago. It is in the city (we're in Mequon, a suburb of Milwaukee) but we have deer, turkeys, foxes and other assorted visitors. I have spent my entire life in the Milwaukee area. It is very underrated in my opinion. We are close to MLB, NBA and NFL teams, semi-pro hockey and professional indoor soccer (I love sports), plus a big-league symphony orchestra, great schools and universities.

Diane and her grandchildren
Diane Omdahl and grandchildren-240.jpegMy two daughters and their families live nearby so we frequently get together as a family. I spend one afternoon a week with each grandson (I have two of them, a five-year-old and a three-year-old) doing all kinds of things that help keep me young.  

What gets me out of bed is looking forward to another day -- the good, the bad...the unexpected. Memories are made each day and, for my age, I have a great memory.

As for work, I have a Medicare gene. After 30 years on the provider side, I co-founded 65 Incorporated in 2012 -- we're a multimedia Medicare information resource that's aiming to help seniors understand all of their Medicare options and make the right enrollment decisions.

Who would play you in a movie about your life and why? 

Meryl Streep. She's a very versatile actress. She could make anyone's life appear interesting.

What's your mantra?

Things happen for a reason. Don't ask me why, they just do.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? 

I have never colored my hair. An employee once called me a liar when he heard that. Now, I have a few strategically positioned gray hairs to prove that it's not colored.

What did you have for dinner last night?

We had leftover NY strip steak from the night before. We don't eat as much as we once did. (Plus, our oven died over the weekend.)

Last store you were in.

Sears and Best Buy -- we were shopping for a range. Otherwise, the answer probably would have been Kohl's Department store.

Where are you traveling to next?

Chicago for business; I'm speaking at the annual Aging in America Conference in March to discuss Medicare. And then, I'm heading to Key Largo for vacation.

Where is your favorite vacation? 

Ko Olina, Hawaii -- it's so very beautiful. We have been going there since before Disney made it famous. Hopefully, the expansion of resorts won't change its appeal.

What's on your DVR?

A lot! Mission Impossible, 12 O'clock High, Hawaii Five-O (the original and better version), shows from the late 60s that I missed while going to nursing school and a few current network shows that air at 9 p.m.

Favorite TV show?

Right now, that's Elementary. For those who haven't seen the show, it's a contemporary crime drama on CBS, an update to Sherlock Holmes.

Favorite movie?

Remember the Titans, a great football story based on a real-life event from the early 1970s, something many Boomers lived through.

Last time you read a "real" hold-it-in-your-hands newspaper?

Just this morning, in fact. I'm probably in a select class of people who still indulge in printed news. I actually read three "hold in my hands" newspapers a day--the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal

Dog or Cat? 

Dog.  I'm allergic to cats -- so dogs for me!

Favorite soft drink? 

Does iced tea count? That's my go-to whenever I'm in a restaurant with a soda fountain.

Favorite adult beverage?

California wine.

Favorite musician?

Neil Diamond.

What time do you get up on a workday?

I'm a consistent riser. I usually wake at 6:30 a.m. every morning.

What time do you go to bed during the week?

Around 10 p.m. Anything later is well past my bedtime!

Conan, Letterman, Leno, Fallon or Ferguson? 

Carson--the last time I stayed up for late night TV. I guess I could DVR one of the current late night guys and watch the following evening -- but there are so many other shows I need to catch up on!

 

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