Archive for February 2010

Fraud Perpetrated Against Senior Citizens

Feb 28th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Fraud perpetrated against senior citizens grows daily.  From selling a senior an un-needed riding scooter to bilking thousands of dollars, fraud just doesn’t stop.  The perps have no sense of decency or concern for seniors whatsoever.  Thus we need to find ways to protect ourselves.  This SCJ article begins a series on Fraud Against Senior Citizens. [...]



Medicare Home Health Services for Seniors: An Overview

Feb 28th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

One of the services offered senior citizens by Medicare is Home Health Services, covered under Parts A and B.  Medicare recipients must qualify for services, and they must be recommended/ordered by the individual’s primary care physician or specialty care physician.  Services covered under the Home Health rubric include part-time skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational [...]



Mustard Dill Salmon for Seniors Suffering from IBS

Feb 28th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

We made a major move three years ago.  It was really major for us…we had three sales in our home of 3/4 of our furniture, and ‘stuff’ we’d accumulated over the 45 years we’d  been married.  Then we moved out of state and started our communal living lifestyle.  We live 6 months in our part [...]



Advance Care Planning for Seniors

Feb 27th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

A couple of articles in the news this past week suggest the need to provide information to our readers about Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care and the interface with Hospice. Caring Connections is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the [...]



Aids for Travel to Europe and City Searches for Seniors

Feb 26th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I am hesitant to add yet another site that focuses on hotel bookings in Europe as there are so many; however, this one looks a little exceptional.  Have you been searching for budget hotels in Amsterdam, Prague or Berlin or a luxurious resort on the French Riviera? How about a contemporary business hotel in London [...]



Are Recalls Here to Stay?

Feb 26th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In a word, yep! Consumers have come to expect that the products we buy are of quality and appropriate safety. That really isn’t asking too much of companies that rake in billions. It is not too much to ask to be sure that we are protected from all sorts of lurking difficulties, dangers and dead ends created by incompetence and inability to review the product(s) in question.

If a product is on the shelf, floor, in the middle of an aisle, I should be able to expect that it is worthy of purchase. If/when I make the choice to take the item home, I should be able to believe in its quality and ability to meet its advertised usefulness. If not, take them off the shelves, remove them from all advertising, dismiss the very idea that the product is worthy of any consideration until it has been corrected. Costly? Yes. Appropriate? Right. A



Overseas Travel Suggestions Make for Happier Vacations for Seniors

Feb 25th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Some of us senior citizens need assistance figuring out what we need to take on an overseas trip.  The usual stuff like meds and our favorite cremes and lotions is easy.  But what else will make the trip more comfortable?  eHow.comhas a nice website for senior citizen travel aids and suggestions for all types of [...]



Seniors, High Blood Pressure, and Changing Daily Habits

Feb 25th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Okay, I confess my Primary Care Physician has made headway in getting through to me. After the third prescription for high blood pressure, we hope she has come upon one that won’t have the side effect of coughing after taking it. My pressure is up, higher than it has ever been in my 71 years. And, it doesn’t seem to want to go down no matter what coaxing we attempt. So meds. More exercise. Watch the diet. I get it. My weight is only 184, at almost 6 ft tall. I confess I don’t get enough exercise, never have, but the dogs like to walk so I am assuming their need to address mine. Diet is a given in our house. My spouse has kept me on the straight and narrow for years.

So what do you and I need to surrender in order to control the dreaded presence of high blood pressure? One



Making Plans For the Next Few Months

Feb 24th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Is it necessary for you to lay out your plans for upcoming months? While I am not as thorough with specifics, I find that some thought and contemplation of what will be required of my time during the upcoming months, is helpful to lay out.

Those neat calendars that come with a week or a month at a time are helpful tools in helping to plan out where and how you will use your time and resources. It is also a good way to head off that aggravating forgetfulness that I continue to wrestle with.

Discussion is often required with others in defining your plans. Needing to be kept up to date with occasions,



Chicken Marinade Recipe for Senior Women

Feb 24th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

Chicken marinade was something I’d never used until someone told me that I needed to try this one.  She said to me that if I would try it, I’d never grill or even bake chicken without first marinating in this sauce.  It seasons as well as tenderizes the chicken.  A few years ago, my husband [...]