Archive for February 2009

How Much Do You Love Your Kids?

Feb 27th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Assuming you have kids, whatever their age, how much do you love them? How do you demonstrate care, affection, sensitivity to their needs? How do you let them know that they are unconditionally loved and for always in your favor? How do you go about reaching out to them with invitations which offer them your [...]



Change is Like a Four Letter Word

Feb 25th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Morning routines help set up the day for senior citizens. We start with either radical enthusiasm or slowly and deliberately as we examine the day and the body we bring to it. If you are a consumer of news via newspapers left on your front porch, the Internet, or television cable, your day may need [...]



Green Ideas for Gray Hairs

Feb 24th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The roar from the naysayers seems to have died down. More and more senior citizens across the world, notwithstanding the holdout by the U.S. over the last 8 years, are turning to an enhanced awareness of Going Green. It’s about time. A lifespan of 50 or more years should result in some cause and effect [...]



Retirement: A Good Time to Discover What You Don’t Need

Feb 23rd, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The economic downturn isn’t the only reason that the list of former necessities has been radically altered. What once was a “must have” has no appeal any longer. The desire to stroll through a mall, just to browse and be tempted is a much less frequent exercise. Seeing things and wanting them with a passion [...]



An Ecclesiastical Tragedy

Feb 20th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Much of the time this column deals with the everyday and mundane. On some occasions, it becomes necessary to go beyond the ordinary stuff of daily life in order to examine some of the earthshaking events and moments that affect us. This is one of those times. One week ago, a clergy colleague, whom I [...]



Marital Harmony in Retirement

Feb 19th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A wonderful Sampler hangs on one of our walls. It is picture of senior citizens in their rocking chairs, he is smoking his pipe, she is knitting. The embroidered caption reads: “Retirement, Half as Much Money, Twice as Much Husband.” Retirees often complain that the worst part of retirement is having so much time with [...]



Finding Money in the Middle of a Recession

Feb 18th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Most everyone, especially the senior citizen, is in search of extra money these days. There seems to be a dearth of opportunities for finding it. In addition to the suggestions I made in my September 9 post, here are some more hidden pockets from which one can extract a few shekels. *Just how many satellite [...]



Death is Not My Next Goal!

Feb 17th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Aging is a phenomenon which introduces all kinds of subjects and issues we would rather leave alone. As a retired pastor, I have found great and timid reluctance on the part of many senior citizens (and others) to broach the subject of death, being ready for it, making necessary practical plans and decisions and even [...]



Incremental Retirement: Is It For You?

Feb 16th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This column is dedicated to those of my friends who just won’t retire. They are ambitiously alive. They stay busy. They love what they do. They are not putting off retirement because of economic issues. They either own their business or are in a situation in which their business gives them so much permission that [...]



The “I” in Internet

Feb 13th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Some over 70, more over 80 and likely even more over 90 are computer illiterate. This is not a callous judgment. It just is. However, on the surprising side there are some over 100 who have chosen to learn to use a computer and become familiar with the Internet. The I in Internet has less [...]