Archive for October 2008

Too Good to be True

Oct 17th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If it seems “too good to be true, it probably is!” All rules for economic survival in retirement include this well worn adage. But still there are stories of persons who took the bait and swallowed the hook and lost. There are enough con and scam artists to keep you busy answering the phone, responding to [...]



Exercise Your Way to Good Health

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

Sure, I know it’s good for me, that every time I do it I end up better off, my overall disposition is improved, my frame of mind and body frame are both rewarded. So, why is it so darn hard to get up and do it every morning? Of course, the reference is to exercise, [...]



The Politics of Compassion and Understanding: Compromise

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

What if your candidate fails to win on November 4? We have been about this national undertaking for well over a year. This quadrennial episode is like final exams. It is the reckoning of how our democratic republic will be governed in the next four. Either we will pass or fail. This time, it is [...]



Don’t Waste Your Time!

Oct 14th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Wasted time is a pet peeve of mine. I’m retired and I don’t have time to waste. That is not to say that all time be spent in productive pursuit. On occasion there is nothing better or wiser to do than study the clouds, look for a rainbow or chase a butterfly. Wasted time is [...]



Series on Aging, Part Six: Preserving Friendships

Oct 13th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There are lots of books and studies and articles advising senior citizens how to keep their immune system healthy. Among the conclusions there is an insight that is particularly helpful to the aging population: Keep your friends! To be sure, this, like any exercise helpful to body, mind and soul, takes work. It is more [...]



Aging Gracefully: Giving Up Things as You Grow Older

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

Scaling back is a necessary and important task facing seniors as they grow older. It is just not possible to keep everything accumulated by the aging population. There comes the time for sorting. A lot of “things” are easy to toss. Some, with sentimental value, are more difficult. So, one needs to start not so [...]



Creative Thinking in an Economic Downturn

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

No long trips, fewer shopping sprees, less frequent family visits, no air travel, except in emergencies, reducing going out to eat, this is what can be expected in an economic downturn, particularly one as serious as we currently face. What is one to do? How does one come up with creative possibilities for a break [...]



Series on Aging, Part Five: Aging and Volunteerism

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

What can I do? As a member of the aging population, I don’t want to just sit in my rocking chair. A previous article, “Retirement: Boundless Opportunities and Wide Open Doors,” broached this subject a while back. Response to it has been very positive. So, let’s look at it again and from another perspective, focusing [...]



Seniors in the Future: The Changing Census

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

An article in Thursday’s New York Times reveals a set of statistics which gives pause to the senior citizen or baby boomer facing retirement. It is authored by Sam Roberts and flies under Jane Gross’ column, “The New Old Age.” Well researched and sharply poignant, the article helps us understand the demographics of aging over [...]



Series on Aging, Part Four: When Should I Give Up Driving?

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

Most seniors in retirement learned to drive at a time in our culture when being behind the wheel seemed to add to ones ego. Our automobiles were an extension of us. For males, it had to do with masculinity, arriving, having a leg up. Not being a female, I don’t know how they felt. My [...]