Archive for December 2009

Finding Senior Travel Deals

Dec 31st, 2009 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Today I want to share with you some super means of searching for the best hotel, airline, rental cares, vacations and cruises on the Internet.  You have probably heard of several of these; however, I want to expand on a few and give you some insights that I have gained from using them.    Leading [...]



Seniors: Birthdays at Christmas

Dec 31st, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

How it happened, I could have no idea. However in my family there are several of us whose birthdays fall during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

My mother in law on the 29th, my cousin’s on the 28th, another cousin’s on the 2nd of January, a sister’s in law who celebrates the 20th; her grandchildren (twins) arrived on the 17th mine is on the 31st of December.

It is somewhat amazing that we are all clumped like that around the Christmas season. I have often jested that people need not go all out for me on my birthday, as they do. It may be that the coincidence of new year’s eve and my birthday has something



Seniors: What’s to Do? Part Two

Dec 30th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Yesterday we dealt with productive ways for investing time, energy and compassion during the season. Principally, the focus was on Food Banks and Shelters and individual giving to those in desperate need.

Today we turn to the elderly, the lonely, the child, and the ill. Many persons find themselves stranded during the holidays, almost literally on a lonely island in which there is little to no companionship, attention, or thought given to them during these festive days.

Many reside in facilities, assisted care, nursing homes, memory care centers, facilities in which they are bed ridden or are in recovery from a fall, surgery, or being watched after because of illness. Many have no immediate family nearby. Many have no immediate



Travel Guide Books for Seniors

Dec 30th, 2009 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

As you travel and depart from the good old USA it is wise to know precisely where you are going.  A good map is a necessity followed by a good travel guide.  Below I have listed some of my preferred travel guides. I futher suggest that you visit your local book store and check out [...]



Cautionary Advice for Senior Travel

Dec 29th, 2009 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

 In this blog I want to share with you a personal experience that I read recently about in a travel magazine.   The article contained a list of warnings that might occur in various spots around the globe.  In this case they were warning tourists about an incident Paris.  This one happened to me.   While [...]



Seniors: What’s to do with the Days Between?

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

The several days between Christmas eve and New Year’s eve hold the troubling quandary of what’s to do. If all the company has been evacuated and there is nothing but quiet in the household, how in the world does one spend the time. It’s too early to take down all the trimmings. Turkey soup and sandwiches are about gone from the refrigerator. There may be some fudge left, but that only creates problems for dieting later. So, what can one do with time and lack of distraction?

Returning gifts to department stores is both an embarassing and troublesome undertaking. Writing thank you notes to those who sent or brought gifts ordinarily is a not so involved task. So what’s to do?

This is that time when nudging ourselves to really think about others is both an available and happy



Seniors: Recommendations for Searching for Information

Dec 28th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

SCJ today offers an Internet tool to help you get additional information about topics that are relevant to all senior citizens, and about which you may be worrying. Getting information about such subjects is one positive step in curtailing worrying activity. We recommend your review of several previously posted articles on SCJ which may assist coping even more productively with concerns that give us pause.

On each SCJ page, there is a “search’ box at the top. Try this: enter “alzheimer’s” in the box and click on ‘Search’. Presto! A series of articles will appear which were written and posted since SCJ’s inception. They all relate to Alzheimer’s disease. Don’t worry about caps and quote marks… just type in what you want to read about. Keep it simple.

Some suggestions we have include:

cancer
prostate cancer
long term care insurance
insurance
annual physical exam
assisted living
funeral planning
medicare
exercise
health care reform
healthy immune system
accident risk
death
You may have others that are on your list of concerns. Just type the relevant words in that Search box and see what comes up.

And we recommend you do this on our site with some regularity to be sure you don’t miss something that might be helpful to you.



Travel Gifts for Grandchildren

Dec 28th, 2009 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I wrote about Smithsonian Journeys programs a few days ago; I’m a strong advocate for their travel opportunities. This organization is expanding their travel to the younger generation. The same is true for Exploritas programs.  A great Christmas gift to your grandchild may be a Smithsonian Journeys trip next summer.  Or you may just want to pass [...]



Things I Wish I Had Said…

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

This was written a number of years ago, and I have used it on every Christmas holiday since… I think it bears repeating…

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 never sufficiently recognized by others, often the very recipients of your caring. Someone, why shouldn’t it be me, should let you know that those unsung, unrecognized acts are appreciated. I wish I had told you then that I appreciate you.

I wish I had said “HAPPY BIRTHDAY.” I didn’t. But now, though it is likely past, I want you to know that I wish



Seniors: In the Fullness of Time

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

(Note: This article was written some years ago when I was serving as senior minister to a large congregation. It is intended to use the language of faith to deliver the promise of hope).

In the mid-forties, we lived in a four room garage apartment, which is simply an apartment over a garage.

I do not think much about those times when there was little: few gifts, not much money, what seemed like limited options because of the circumstances of the time. This particular Christmas it did not appear we would be having a tree. For a small child, that was like not having Christmas at all.