Archive for May 2010

A New Approach to Senior Citizen Fraud and Scams

May 31st, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

New York City is taking a new approach to helping its senior citizens avoid financial fraud and scams.  A collaboration of several city departments created It’s My Money! an interactive game elders learn that helps them identify fraud and scams they might encounter in real life. The game can be played in group settings such [...]



Senior Travel Planning: Johnny Jet, Virtual Tourist and Transitions Abroad

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

I’ve talked about Johnny Jet Travel News in previous posts.  The site now provides information from travel experts for senior citizens on a variety of sites: Chicago Tribune * LA Times * NY Times * Washington Post * USAToday * Other News * Frommers * ABC * CNN * MSNBC * Good to Know.  This [...]



What Senior Citizens Have to Offer Young Adults Today

May 30th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

A funny story has been making the rounds lately, for the ump-teenth million time… it’s the one about the Old Rooster and the Young Arrogant Cock… A chicken-farmer, concerned about the dwindling production of eggs in his coop, acquires a stud rooster. Upon being installed in the coop, the young cock (pardon the obviously intended pun), [...]



Aging-Eye Related Diseases

May 30th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Seniors, What do glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and cataracts all have in common?  Yes, they are all dis-eases that affect the eye.  But more important, they all strike senior citizens more than any other generation.  They affect the aging eye. The common risk factors for all four conditions is aging.  Glaucoma is considered an ‘end [...]



Medicare Rebates On the Way for Seniors Who Qualify

May 30th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

The President announced this week that the $250 rebate checks for Medicare recipients who qualify will begin to go out mid-June.  Senior Citizens will be one of the first group of recipients benefiting from the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, National Health Care Reform).  Qualified seniors will be those who hit the [...]



Seniors: Veterans Deserve Better

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

With swirling tides of oil spoiling the Gulf, with the economy in shambles, with the national debt now above a trillion, on its way to a centillion, with unemployment plaguing the lives of hundreds of thousands, with soldiers’ families paying the price of loneliness and heart ache, why can’t we show some compassion and caring, not just for 24 hours, but in our national priorities and policies? Why can’t we take on at least one of the large issues, make decisions to reduce its need for so much of our attention, and move on to other of the plagues now affecting the body politic?

This Veterans day, in some way, in some act of deep appreciation, whether we agreed or agree with the wars fought and the politics that prompted them, can we at least muster up enough sensitive compassion for all those who lost limbs, eyesight, suffered major trauma or died? In the face of a time when there is



Dealing with the Effects of Dementia on Decision-Making

May 30th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

One of the difficult pieces of dad’s dementia has been listening to his ‘onceinawhile’ verbal attacks.  They haven’t been frequent, nor have they been  vicious, both of which my hospice sister says could change.  One day, recently,  I went with my father to the gas station to fill his car.  He willingly and almost automatically [...]



World Heritage Sites for Senior Travelers

May 28th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

What do the Taj Mahal, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route have in common? They’re all World Heritage sites—treasures of humanity prized by historians, ecologists, and art lovers, as well as by their own communities. Heritage is our legacy from the past—what we live with today and what we pass [...]



One of the Best Cures

May 28th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There is in our home an elixir that seems to cure almost anything that could attack you. It has come in sundry forms over the years. 33 1/3, 45, 78 rpm; tapes, now cds. Each one is filled with medicants of voice and instrument which lift the soul and spirit almost as soon as the sound makes its way to your ears.The spectrum of variety and uplifting music is as varied as one’s taste.
It just lifts and propels and moves and sends you into an ecstasy of pleasure, delight, romance, memory and nostalgia.



Seniors: Travel the Mayan Riviera

May 27th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

The Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera is a 130 kilometer long stretch of Caribbean coastline that runs between the resort city of Cancun to the north, down to the Mayan ruins of Tulum at its southern end. The Riviera Maya is in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico’s most eastern state on [...]