Archive for August 2008

Talk About the Tough Stuff

Aug 29th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Sharing knowledge, particularly in a marriage and family, is a critical Must for Seniors. A conversation with a dear friend the other day revealed that a mutual friend was spending her nights and days in the hospital with her critically ill husband. My friend shared that the wife had no idea about any of the [...]



Retirement and Revolving Doors

Aug 28th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Retirement is a revolving door. No sooner does one have “everything in place,” than something comes along to interrupt the flow. Frankly that isn’t new nor surprising. That is a definition of life. Expecting total tranquility, hoping to avoid crises and change, harboring illusions about the golden years leaves one ill equipped to be ready [...]



Acupuncture for Seniors

Aug 27th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Sometime back my knees started reminding me how much use and overuse they have endured. The usual routes of determining whether surgery would be required, were taken. Among the treatment options and disciplines required were to wear knee devices to reduce the difficulty of rising from a sitting position, learning how to get our of [...]



What About the Kids?

Aug 26th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

What do you do about the kids as you get older and they do too? What happens when they are presumably out on their own, the nest is empty, and you are aware of how much help they seem to continue to need from you? How do you honor their choices and judgments and individuality [...]



Remote Controls and Other Valuable Possessions

Aug 23rd, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Thank God for the remote control! My habit for using it has been not so much to switch channels to something as to get away from those obnoxious $19.95 ads and “But wait” products that promise ideal solutions to every need. My pact with the television set is that I won’t allow that kind of [...]



Retirement, Real Estate and Moving On

Aug 22nd, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Selling one’s house in the middle of retirement seems a risky and somewhat overwhelming decision. But here we are. Ten years after building our dream home on an acreage that has been in my maternal family since 1850, we are in the throes of another experience in separation anxiety. It is a show case home [...]



Telling Stories

Aug 21st, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It’s time to roll out the stories, grandpa! Students in a variety of school districts are finding that walking to school is back in vogue. Gas prices are forcing boards and administrators to evaluate costs related to busing. So, it may be time to remind your grandchildren just how far you walked to school when [...]



Support Your Favorite Artist!

Aug 20th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Came across this website the other day. Our son, an artist in San Francisco, introduced us to it. If you are interested in unusual art, I recommend you give it a peek. The address is http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/. Artists continue to be true purists and philosophers in our time. They use their art, in whatever form, to [...]



My Favorites

Aug 19th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A contemporary method for determining a great deal about a person would be, if it were available, to review the list of one’s favorites on the individual’s PC. Imagine. It would almost be like going through their closet or desk drawers or filing cabinet. It would likely reveal a great deal about how one spends [...]



Financial News: Seeking a Balance

Aug 16th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

My cousin, a retired employee with the FDIC, shared this website with me the other day: http://calculatedrisk.blogspot.com/ I heartily recommend it. One of the reasons is you quickly discover that we aren’t the only nation in an economic tailspin. Now, if you get satisfaction from that you are a true sadist! Two articles struck me [...]