Archive for November 2008

Go For The Good!

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

Okay, it’s time to get off the sofa and begin the day to rid yourself of some of the 12000 or so calories you enjoyed yesterday. Of course, some of it has already turned to fat and will take a great part of next year to remove, not including how much more is added during [...]



Prostate Cancer: One Year Later

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

One year later. For those familiar with the story, a radical prostatectomy headed off cancer for me one year ago. Some bio background: Age 68 at time of surgery; Biopsy: Positive; Gleason Scale 9; prescribed action: immediate and total removal of the prostate. Outcome: One year later there is limited incontinence. No erections. In fact, [...]



Genealogy: A Favorite Pastime for Many

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

Genealogy is a favorite pastime for many, particularly those who now have the time to seek, sort out and link together the discovered treasures of one’s ancestral background. The very first consideration is to be prepared for lots of work, be scholastically patient, and take your time. This story has been a long time coming. [...]



Motivating Myself: Sterling Days at 70

Nov 25th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

One afternoon, while living in Tucson back in the 80’s, a friend invited me to join him for a matinee at a local movie. We had lunch and then headed for the nearby mall. As I stood at the ticket counter, I was met for the first time with the very unsettling question: “Are you [...]



The Economy: Finding Light in the Darkness

Nov 24th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

One of my favorite critics shared with me that she thought perhaps my columns were “too pessimistic of late.” I think she may be right. However, my lack of optimism is predicated on good sources. My thoughts today are along the lines of an explanation, not an excuse. I read voraciously from a variety of [...]



Bad Times and Good Choices

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

Are you getting your daily vitamins, the ones that address the likelihood of depression and dark moods? Are you ready to deal with the anticipated continuing slide in the economy, in joblessness, in consumer confidence and spending, in reduced possibilities for any near term solutions to this economic morass we find ourselves collectively experiencing? Heading [...]



Memories From Growing Up: Success for the Sports Impaired

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

What I remember most of all is that I was never an early draft choice for any sports activity. Coach Bob Knight, a 40’s type Charles Atlas, may have been good at athletics, but he wasn’t much on human sensitivity. Those of us who were always, and I mean always, at the bottom of team [...]



Saying Goodbye: Stooped Shoulders, Eyes to the Ground

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

Today was one of those days most of would just as soon skip. Our dachshund of 17 years, Zachariah, breathed his last. His diminished eyesight, impaired hearing, arthritis, a kidney infection, and numerous other difficulties indicated that he would be making more and more frequent forays to the vet. We had told ourselves about a [...]



Keep Peace in the Family As Well As On Earth

Nov 18th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The carols are already reminding us of the season of “peace on earth and good will to all!” This year there seems to be a little more feel and promise in that eternal prayer. Just to have the feeling is progress. We have been buried in skepticism quite long enough. Whatever we can do to [...]



Christmas Giving With a Twist

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

Hurricane Ike victims, the latest “Armageddon” fires in California, rising unemployment rates, lowered expectations for an economic recovery, more foreclosures suggest a new twist on Christmas giving. Perhaps the most desirable attitude toward giving is to go beyond our own circles of family and close friends. The homeless, those still living in FEMA trailers, through [...]