Archive for July 2010

More TRUTH About Social Security

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

Some sectors in our society seem to be hell-bent on spreading lies and distortions about Social Security.  Senior citizen fears about financial security are exploited with such lies.  SCJ’s mission is to research chosen topics thoroughly and then create an accurate report on the research.  This is the second article we will publish on the [...]



Colon Conditions Endemic in Older Adults

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

Another of those wicked conditions has reared its ugly head and created discomfort and challenges for managing. It is called lymphocytic colitis. This and collagenous colitis are “inflammatory conditions of the colon that cause chronic, non-bloody, watery diarrhea.” Incidentally, it is likely to come with a very urgent need to find a toilet very quickly and to be ready for explosive attacks which leave you and the toilet in a mess. Not pretty. Not always conveniently predictable. And certainly difficult to deal with if/when there is no way to clean yourself or surroundings.

This condition is therefore one that requires remaining in circumstances where you have ready access to a toilet and being able to control your situation accordingly. It is a condition more prevalent in older adults, and collagenous colitis is more common in women than in men.



World’s Most Livable Cities: Senior Citizen Update

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

This article is an update to the one we posted in February, 2010.  Monocle Magazine picks the “Most livable cities in the world“.  Munich residents have a reason to toast themselves months before Oktoberfest this year, as the Bavarian city tops the list of Monocle Magazine’s Quality of Life rankings for 2010 — thus making [...]



Add New Post: How Senior Moments is Written

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

Every weekday, the line at the top of the page reads ADD NEW POST. Every weekday the reminder is there telling me I must come up with another article. Five of them a week. So far Senior Moments has hosted almost 500 such articles. Some have been mediocre, others a little more stimulating, still others have likely not generated much to their credit. This has been going on for two years come this August. As Cool Hand Luke declared in the movie of the same name, when he was calculating his next escape, “It gives me something to do.” So does Senior Moments. It gives me something to do. Retirees frequently search for meaning and purpose; those conditions are necessary for productive aging. The computer age is a bonus for many retirees; the computer is a marvelous instrument. Its sounds are not particularly musical, but its servant-hood in doing what I ask it to do is.

Whatever else I might have been doing when pecking out



Help for Frugal Senior Travelers on the Internet

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

The Frugal Traveler  has a visit for you in PARIS, as well as this list of selected travel suggestions:        EUROPE BUDGETS AND BUDGETING NEW YORK CITY ALTERNATIVE TRAVEL MEXICO CHIAPAS PARIS FRANCE FOOD AND WINE FAMILY TRAVE GADGETS SHOPPING ROAD TRIPS ITALY The Washington Post published a list of the best tour operators and they are worth [...]



Alternatives to Assisted Living Environments

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

Assisted living facilities have become the normative alternative for elderly seniors who need help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, getting out of chairs, eating, etc.  Elders move into an assisted living (AL) facility for the purpose of getting such daily care, and pay a fee for a room, meals and [...]



Why the PSA Test is Important for Senior Men

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

Good News… no sign of cancer almost three years out, said the urologist as he gave me my report. The result of quick action, a professional and competent team, careful watchfulness and a successful surgery. If anyone wishes to know why we promote frequent, at least annual PSA tests, visits to your urologist, this is the rationale. Don’t delay, don’t wait, don’t assume, don’t rationalize.

Our experience was such that a notable medical institution did the test and found my PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) reading at 5.2, but chose to ignore it. My general practitioner was smarter than this internationally acclaimed medical factory. He picked up on the test and sent me galloping to my local urologist. He was on the money, when he called my spouse, giving her the report (“very aggressive prostate cancer”) and suggesting quick action. From there we were, within days, in the urologist’s office in Scottsdale. He would read the



Senior Travel Planning Sites… More Good Information

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

A great new find is called TravelDirectory.com and focuses specifically on seniors.  A whole series of tours, expeditions, escape holidays and more are rated and travel details are included. As far as I am concerned, one can never have enough travel tips, especially for seniors and here is a whole page of them. Rick Seaney [...]



Social Security Solvency: Options for Adjusting Funding

Jul 27th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

In the July 14, 2010, issue of Senior Citizen Journal (SCJ), we talked about the future of the Social Security Program, and why some of the current buzz about it is based on false information.  Today we begin a series on recommendations made by the Special Committee on Aging, headed by Senator Herb Kohl, regarding [...]



Nostalgia’s Best Gift for Seniors

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

Some warn against getting too absorbed in nostalgia. Maybe so. Maybe not. Nostalgia is one of those potential traps that can lead you through doors from which exit may be difficult. But it is also one of those places where you can go to find harmony, the harmony that comes with well remembered moments of a life past, of idyllic days, of special moments, of pleasant and peaceful tranquility. It can bring up places and events, good times and rewarding thoughts that help to reinforce how good life was at a given time.

Among my collections are toys from my childhood. They prompt, with glorious recall, those times when playing in the dirt, I was the happiest human being alive. If I play in the dirt today, it is to plant or transplant. Then, it was to plant, memories of my young life, imaginary episodes that helped create the person I would become, the joy of being alone and completely content. Nostalgia is not a bad thing. Though those of us who are advancing in age are met with the increasing prospect of dementia, one of the ways we find of keeping our