Senior Moments Blog

    Meanderings and Wanderings

    Sojourns offer many opportunities for discovery and adventure. Having been so long away from this column, I wonder if there will be any at all who will find me here, waiting for their compliment of a visit, however brief.

    Contemplation is deserving of discipline. Therefore, having sat idle for so long, I cannot be sure to be capable of such a requirement. It is so easy to surrender to the temptation of laziness. With so many out there responding to the urgings of having something worthwhile to say, one wonders how can it be that something motivating might flow from this medium. Having hidden away ideas and occasional spurts of

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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

MEDICARE: DEALING WITH SCAMMERS

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SNAP: NECESSARY FOR SURVIVAL

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SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ‘REFORM’

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MEDICARE CHANGES IN 2014

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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS EXPLAINED

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SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR SURVIVORS

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IMPROVEMENTS IN MEDICARE FOR SENIORS

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Senior Finances

Benefits & Drawbacks of Offshore Investing

Seniors Consider Offshore Investments Imagine this scenario — you’ve spent time working your way through the United States investment market. You’ve established solid investments full of ROI, but over time you’re looking to shake things up. Avoid risky domestic investment moves, and participate in offshore investing that financially delivers exactly what you need. If you’re [...]

HOW TO INVEST A LARGE SUM OF MONEY

Your period of collecting McDonalds Monopoly pieces in search of your next free order of medium fries is over. Perhaps you’ve just collected a large inheritance, perhaps you’ve cashed in an annuity or perhaps you’ve just won the lottery. Whatever the case, now is the time to begin making intelligent decisions with that nest egg. [...]

Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

MEDITATION BENEFITS SENIORS

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Feng Shui for Senior Citizens’ Homes

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For Senior Women

ALL ABOUT NURSES…

As health issues arise, sometimes it’s necessary to seek the aid of a nurse for yourself or for a loved one. In fact, older adults are the core business of health care in this country today. When dealing with nurses, it’s hard to predict the experience level of the nurse that is responsible for the [...]

STOP THOSE PESKY SOLICITATION PHONE CALLS

Solicitation Calls Annoy Seniors That phone call yesterday was annoying. However, it taught me a valuable lesson. With patience, seniors can often get those pesky phone callers to put you on their do-not-call list.// We had successfully gotten off all those telephone solicitation lists after having had the same telephone number for 15 years. Then [...]