Archive for April 2009

Respites, Retreats and Relaxation

Apr 29th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The next several days will find this column in suspension. It comes because of a wedding of a nephew which is long overdue. The swine flu scare notwithstanding, people from Europe and the US will gather in Central Park to share in the nuptials. We will be among them. The other reason is that my [...]



Plant More Turnips!

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

Well, we are on the downside to 2009! Tax deadline is past and most have made some arrangements to take care of that bill. Easter is behind us and spring is struggling to make its way through soil and limb. Maybe most of the Christmas bills have been met. The first quarter of a new [...]



Achieving Lovability

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

Looking for a new hobby? How about working on your Lovability? Know anyone who could well invest time, thought and worthwhile enterprise to do just that? How about that person staring back from the mirror every morning? Lovability, like most qualities, requires cultivation. There are cases, however, and those are to be desired, when lovability [...]



Why is Today Not Like Yesterday?

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

Predictability and routine are favorite haunts of seniors. Settling in to the familiar seems to offer a sense of security and serenity. Some predictability and routine is quite alright. Too much can be enormously boring. How does one achieve balance between being driven into hyperactivity and do nothingness? A friend of mine literally drives her [...]



Communal Living, Part Two

Apr 22nd, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The other day this column proposed the concept of communal living, at least part time, as a second home option for retirees. In discussing the subject further, in our arrangement, further considerations were raised. I share them here. Communal living requires tolerance. Any two persons, let alone four or more, must begin with a tolerant [...]



When Should I Downsize?

Apr 21st, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Choosing to downsize is no small undertaking. Trying to sort out why you should, how to go about it, what will be at stake all play into the equation. Clearly, it is a time consuming, emotionally wrenching, labor intensive process. Somehow, someday it has to be done. But, when? There are a series of introspective [...]



What Cancer Taught Me

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

Good health was always assumed. In childhood, aside from the normal illnessess that accompany growing up, my health was generally quite good.  Until my third decade there were no surgeries, no significant set backs. In my early 30′s I had my first of three corneal transplants. Beyond that no other major health issues came along,other [...]



Sing On, Susan Boyle!

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

To our great fortune, Susan Boyle has been introduced to the world. Her gentle spirit, deft ability, fantastic range, subtle manner has hit us with some new lessons about greatness. Beauty is everywhere. There is still pure, true talent available in our world. Humility is a gift. Grace always surprises us. The impossible may be [...]



Good Times With Great Kids

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

Making sure good times don’t stop just because you are retired or older or inconviently located requires planning, motivation, willingness to get out of your routine and genuine desire to be with others. The worst habit is the habit of “rut routines.” That’s the one in which everyday is a carbon copy of the last. [...]



Is Communal Living For You?

Apr 15th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Last fall, two couples began an experiment. One couple is from near Chicago, the other from near Dallas. They converged in the Scottsdale area, and began sharing a domicile which met their mutual needs. They are part time residents in their respective locations, thus enabling a two home convenience in various seasons. One might wonder [...]