Archive for August 2008

Ear and Heart Health

Aug 15th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Before her death, I quoted Ann Landers a great deal. She was, and remains, a seer who had a clear understanding of the human condition. She was always on the cusp of things. She was alert to her readers’ needs and sensitivities. How I wish I could be a male Ann Landers! Her columns were [...]



The Milk of Human Kindness

Aug 12th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

What is it about humans that we draw satisfaction out of being judgmental? I don’t know about you, although I have my suspicions, but I expect, like me, you have made a whole truck load of mistakes, bad calls, irrational and poor choices. My guess is that those have created pain and frequent conflict in [...]



Compassion, Choices and End of Life Questions

Aug 11th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Some have inquired…ok what do you do if you have a spouse or you find your own diagnosis is imminent death! Whoa! We don’t talk about issues like that. Not on the internet or on popular talk shows or in columns in magazines and newspapers (does anybody read those anymore?). Sharon, my special and eternal [...]



PSA Test: Why Is It Important?

Aug 10th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There is for men a notorious Positive Sign of Aging (PSA)! If you are a man, or a woman who cares for a man, any man, PSA needs be added to your annual list of reminders, particularly and especially for those past 40. This Positive Sign of Aging (not a medical term, just another way [...]



Try This On!

Aug 9th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Try this on! The Golden years? Well, it turns out, some of us are not so sure. Maybe it’s more the Iron Age Years, when it takes iron will to get up in the morning and make it through the day, secure in sufficient armor to protect one from assaults of body and mind, heart [...]



Irregular Habits

Aug 8th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Regularity is the sought after condition of the aging. Whether it has to do with the body or simply a routine, regularity offers solace, comfort and satisfaction. So we gear our diets, bedtime, day to day activities accordingly. Some see this as routine, others as boring. For the aging it is the very predictability of [...]



Thinking Outside the Box

Aug 7th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Mortuaries may not like this one. However, unless your family has already gone to the expense of a pre paid funeral plan, my suggestion is to think it over. Funerals can be quite expensive these days. And, the attitude of the one facing that moment may change. The traditional approach has been to “be prepared.” [...]



Those Annoying Moments!

Aug 6th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior Moments. Come 0n, we all have them. Some more frequently than others, but nonetheless real and irritating. Mine come now so regularly that I have the habit of sitting for a moment to let it pass. I figure forgetfulness should have some benefit, why not a break! I keep trying to find a way [...]



Thoughts About Assisted Living

Aug 5th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Stopped by to see my 88 year old mother the other day. She resides in an Assisted Care Facility. It is a commodious operation. Her home now is a one large room, bath and (by her request) exceptionally large closet. It has a kitchenette. It is really very comfortable. But, the journey to get to [...]