Archive for December 2008

Goodbye, Celebrities and Old Pals

Dec 30th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Toward year’s end, one of the annual rituals is to share in the recall of celebrities and prominent persons who died. Not unlike any year, this one has seen the passing of some very remarkable and salient individuals who affected our times significantly. As I go through those lists, I am reminded of one or [...]



Follow Your Bliss: A Conversation With Family and Friends

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

A conversation with family and friends the other evening, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, prompted me to hear myself for the first time in a long time. What I heard was a man, almost 70, who had begun slipping into attitudes of cynicism, sardonicism, doubt, pessimism and just plain skepticism. All these words generally [...]



Things I Wish I Had Said

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

There are many things I wish I had said as the year closes. Here are a few. I wish I had said “I APPRECIATE YOU” more often. You have done much that goes unthanked. Much of what you have done was not done for me at all. But much of what you have done is [...]



It’s Time to Review Your Medications

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

Most prescription suppliers keep very accurate and current records.  At year end, in prepartion for your next physical, this offers a good opportunity to do an inventory of what is in your record.  It offers a chance to ask questions and to evaluate whether there are generic replacements which may also offer significant financial savings.  [...]



Christmas Shopping is a Habit

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

If you are a Christmas Shopper who is in the throes of deciding how to manage this year’s gift giving challenges, perhaps it is a good time to alter your behavior. Christmas shopping is a tradition to be sure, one that is skillfully encouraged through advertising. Sometime, shortly after the holidays, in year’s past, examining [...]



A Sense of Proportion

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

(This article appeared as a Letter to the Editor in a local paper on November 30, 2000. Somehow, it still seems relevant.) It was an absolutely stellar afternoon. The fall leaves literally glistened as the sun reflected their rays against their brilliant hues. On television, the same drab commentary continued to evaluate the democratic process, [...]



Let Me Know the Next Time You Drive!

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

Searching for a parking spot in a well known super store lot, left me in fear and trembling. There were persons who never looked back to see if someone were approaching, as they were backing out. There were drivers who lurched right and left and stopped suddenly without regard for anyone in any direction. There [...]



This is a Good Day to Stop Worrying

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

This is a good day to stop worrying! For the most part most of what happens happens with or without our worry. On a lesser scale, the little things we choose to worry about are likely beyond our control as well. Yesterday I made a run into town, a 15 mile journey. I was to [...]



Rescue a Pet

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

Struck with how many stray animals are out there now, ostensibly because the economic downturn has compelled people to abandon their pets, why not consider adopting a pet from a rescue shelter? To be sure, doing so means that you are in a position to provide adequate and appropriate care including shelter, a healthy diet, [...]



Two Climates, Two Worlds

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

The last several weeks have been spent in Arizona. The time included Thanksgiving with family there, assisting the move of parents to an independent living facility, especially enjoying our grandchildren, and spending time in the condo we call home there. The climate there is most always pleasant, particularly this time of year. We even experienced [...]