Archive for May 2010

Seniors: Starting a New Day

May 27th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Cool air, a cup of coffee, a front porch with a view, keeping track of our two pets, trying to prohibit the invasion of too many world interruptions, that’s my idea of starting a new day.

Tranquility is a requirement these days. For as long as you can enjoy it. The morning scurries away much too rapidly. Other distractions make their claim. Bliss and peace must be claimed while there is opportunity. Before the phone rings. Before the day’s duties make their demands. Before the heaviness of the world news weighs in. “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may!” They wilt much too soon.

Persons spend their early morning retreats in a variety of ways. Some do not give permission for retreat at all. They just jump in. Mistake. Particularly, as we age do we need the balm of



Senior Travel: Mexico, Central America and Bus Tours

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

Seniors, here you may explore the world with Traveler’s Digest. Just click on the map to begin your adventure. For an example, I chose MEXICO. A nice map of Mexico comes up with all the major cities frequented by tourists. I chose Isla Mujeres as I have been there with a student group. Now you [...]



Shared Grief: The Oil Spill is a National Family Tragedy

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

Right now, we are less than 200 miles from the coast of Louisiana. It has been our neighbor for a whole lot of years. Culturally, it is a land of rich traditions, some unfortunate social divisions, and a unique culture. Part of that culture grows out of its proximity to the coast. It has supplied a wealth of rich sea food, an army of jobs and an assurance for income and tourism that has helped give this small state a claim on its place and contribution to the nation.

A result of the oil spill, another of the industries which have exploited the near Gulf coast for years, has been to demonstrate graphically how fragile our ecosystem really is. We can’t have it both ways. We have come to a crossroads in needing to choose between a fossil resource to power our energy needs and a paradise that may soon become barren and useless.

Living in an



Assisted Living is Sometimes Living Without Assistance

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

Recent gerontology issues have introduced a popular option for senior citizens and residential living. It is called the Assisted Living Facility (ALF). Intended to offer the aging who can no longer live alone a more independent living style than skilled nursing care, the concept of ALF has value. Grandma and Grandpa can no longer fix their own meals and take care of their own home, so they move to an ALF, have their meals prepared for them and their room/apartment cleaned. In addition there is a built-in social environment that contributes to their well being. So why are so many complaining about such facilities?

The Smart Money, Wall Street Journal, article written in 2001 is still posting comments about problems in Assisted Living Facilities. And you, SCJ readers, are commenting and sending emails about problems you are experiencing with ALFs. It’s time



Senior Traveling: Skyscraper in Dubai

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

As a senior traveler myself, I have always been a little partial to Hotwire along with Priceline.com.  Here is a nice site by Hotwire called Travel-Ticker. Under the subheadings Ways to Go, Places to Go, Reasons to Go and Savings Searcher you have at your disposition a wide variety of travel options.  I will not [...]



No, We’re Not Moving

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

Reality walked out the back door with Dad and his wife, our second mom, when any discussion about a move to their ’home state’ was on their plate.  It seemed for this 94 year old demented  father of ours and his 82 year old wife, that they would be able to handle the severe cold weather, the [...]



Seniors Living in Two Places: Dilemma and Choice

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

Retirement brings with it enough variety and change that one is never quite settled. An aunt and uncle of mine moved so many times during retirement, I could never keep up with their address for Christmas cards. To be sure they had the wherewithal to move a lot. And they always chose comfortable, attractive and variety in the homes they selected. I never quite understood their need to move so much, but in retirement I have seen and known others, including ourselves, who have been faced with similar options.

We have chosen to live in two areas, our primary residence and a secondary leased condo. It makes for an interesting switch in life styles, since one is a large home on several acres and the other



Senior Travelers: Top Ten Travel Tips for 2010

May 24th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Lonely Planet has released their top ten travel tips for 2010.  I loved their tenth suggestion: When All Else Fails, Find a Cheap Flight to New York.  If you have travel fever, but don’t have the time or money to escape the country, find a cheap flight to New York. I agree.  I love NYC.  [...]



Retirees: Some Options for Managing Credit Card Debt

May 22nd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Senior citizens carry the fastest-growing credit card debt in the United States today.  The average balance increased 149% from 1995 to 2004 among retirees 65 and older.   That figure continues on the rise.  If you find your credit card debt worrisome, this article is for you. You can choose to go to a debt relief [...]



Aging and Emotional Health: Relationships Matter

May 21st, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

How many family and friends are left in your circle? Are you old enough that you can discard them easily? Do you work at trying to maintain and sustain the friendships you have cultivated during your life? No matter where you are on life’s longevity scale, keeping your friends, some of whom are related, is a very important undertaking. They have given you more than likely you realize. They mean more than you have calculated. They are the treasures of life whose intrinsic value is predicated on how they share their love, how they are there for and with you at critical times.

My mother is now 90. She is my friend, one of my lifetime treasured friends, whom I know will always be there for me. There is no way to replace such a friend. There are others, but this is the ultimate