Archive for March 2010

For Senior Women: A Personal Journey Caring for My Elderly Parents

Mar 31st, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

My father is 94 and he is walking 1 1/4 miles two or three times weekly.  That is more than I’m doing!   His wife is 83 and she’s right there beside him.  So last week, I joined them and as good as the walk is for my body,  the quiet lessons of life are more [...]



When I Look Forward, What Do I Want to See? More Senior Musings

Mar 31st, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Looking Forward remains a gift for persons in their senior years. Giving up on life is not a given, once you pass certain mile posts. Seventy, Eighty, even Ninety are points at which certain givens occur and some dynamics have to be acknowledged. Giving up is not one of them.

In my family, there are two of our elders who are fit and productive past 90. That is no small achievement, but it is one that is increasingly occurring within families. So the question “When I look forward, what do I want to see,” is not without genuine prospect.

Looking forward continues to cultivate energy for living. Having an attitude that presumes a future is a positive one that enables



Unusual Tips for Senior Travel

Mar 31st, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Amateur Traveler is a travel show that helps you find the best places to travel. It includes both a weekly audio podcast and a twice monthly video podcast. It also includes travel news and resources.  I offer a challenge to you well-traveled airline passengers.  How many of the Top Ten Travel Events of the Decade [...]



When I Look Back What Do I See? Senior Citizen Musings

Mar 30th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When I look back, I see time’s passage as too fleeting , revered relationships lost or misplaced, fond times forgotten, dear saints gone, abundant memories fading, rich and rewarding moments difficult to retrieve.

But, more than that I see a rich life full of gifts and treasures and friendships and occasions that have helped to instill within me an understanding and appreciation for the value of living a full and fruitful existence. Without one, I suppose you can’t have the other. No pain, no gain, no sorrow, no joy. Our lives are born out of a variety of cycles. Sometimes we are met with the good, at others we are faced with the sad and difficult. One is no greater than the other. It is that at the time, the bad seems so



Unusual Travel Ideas for Senior Citizens

Mar 30th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

You already know of my personal interest in this dream travel excursion so as I find good ones, I will share them with you.  Here are two more sites for planning your Around the World trip. http://www.airtreks.com/Default.aspx can help with an extended trip, either Around the World or to one region of the world.  It [...]



Budget Travel Information for Seniors

Mar 29th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

WhichBudget.com features 134 airlines – 141 countries – 1016 airports and 37651 routes.  This site offers budget information that is helpful in trip planning.  You can find out which budget carriers serve a specific route. Then you go book it direct. You can do a Quick Search including non-direct routes and routes with non-budget airlines.  From [...]



Why My Spouse is My Best Friend: Thoughts on Marriage for Senior Citizens

Mar 29th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Our relationship developed out of friendship and respect. We were both professionals who worked in similar fields. We discovered how much we shared in common in our views, commitments and standards. We worked together on boards and committees. She was single. I was married. There was no crossing of inappropriate lines. We knew we held each other in affection and esteem. Over a period of several years our admiration for each other continued to grow. She became best friends with my first wife and was loved dearly by Joel, my son by my first marriage.

When divorce interrupted my seven year marriage, Sharon and I continued as friends as did she with my former wife. It would be a period of 5 years before any romance between us would ensue. Clearly being best friends over a long period of time before we became romantically involved cultivated the possibility of a relationship that would grow and become closer.



Memories of a Grandmother: Our Early Years in Paris and Kale Salad

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

Early in our marriage,  about 150 years ago, my husband and I took our two young children and every penny we’d saved and headed off to France for a year.  My husband was a teacher  of French and wanted to get his MA degree at the Sorbonne in Paris.  We were young,  immature and adventurous.  [...]



Seniors: Facing Personal Financial Struggles

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

Many senior citizens are being forced to deal with economic issues on a very personal level.  With rising health care costs, 401K’s dwindling due to the economy crash of the past 18 months, no increase in Social Security benefits in 2010, value of homes declining drastically, seniors are finding their nest eggs depleted and are [...]



For Seniors: What Happened to the Public Option in Health Care Reform?

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

This past week brings great change to health care in America for senior citizens.  And even greater change for children, unemployed and those who have been unable to get health insurance coverage.   But the legislation did not include the public option, a government-sponsored health care plan (like Medicare and the VA array of medical services) [...]