Senior Moments Blog

    Congressional Pensions Reviewed

    That annoying Facebook post about congressional pensions just keeps traveling around. It needs to be removed from circulation because it is almost 100% false. It’s the one that suggests retired members of Congress and the President get exorbitant pension packages, and quotes flat amounts provided annually by taxpayers.

    Since we here at Senior Citizen Journal believe facts are generally very helpful in forming opinion, we provide factual information about what congressional pensions actually are.

    Congressional pensions are a little complicated, so be sure to read all the information provided. Much of this information

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    About Sharon Shaw Elrod

    Writing has been a life-long passion for Sharon. She was Editor of her high school newspaper and worked on the staff of the campus paper in college. In addition to all the papers required for a college degree, her various post-graduate degrees required writing theses and dissertations. And it was in retirement that she wrote two books and began creating Senior Citizen Journal.

    Sharon taught high school English and French, with her second year interrupted by the birth of her daughter. She surrendered that baby to adoption because she was unmarried; in 1966 the sin and shame of such pregnancies was unbearable. Success in a social work and education career followed in Omaha, Tucson and the Greater Phoenix area.

    Sharon retired in 1997 and moved with her husband, Dr Jerry D Elrod, to his home town in Texas. The return of her daughter in 2003 reunited mother and daughter, and Sharon’s first book soon followed ("Shar's Story, a Mother and Daughter Reunited,"). She then Co-Authored "My Dirty Little Secrets - Steroids, Alcohol and God, The Tony Mandarich Story" with her son-in-law. Sharon is now enjoying retirement in the Phoenix area.

Social Security & Medicare

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Senior Finances

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Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Keeping Fit at 60+

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MEDITATION BENEFITS SENIORS

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For Senior Women

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