Archive for July 2010

Senior Travelers Love Tilley Hats

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

In my work as a tour guide I notice when folks arrive wearing a TILLEY.  I often remark…”Youare wearing a Tilley, right?” and they glowingly say. “Why yes it is.  Do you own one?”  Mine is ancient and should be turned in for another as Tilley offers a new hat to replace the old one. [...]



Senior Citizen Health Issues in Travel Planning

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

A list of issues to address if you travel with health problems may be helpful for seniors planning worldwide travel.  Trips can become more complicated as we age, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop traveling.  We just have to plan more carefully. This list is as comprehensive as we can generate; however, if [...]



Elevating Your Mood, A Prescription for Seniors’ Down Times

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

First, if you don’t own an MP3 digital player, go out and find one. Follow the instructions for preparing it with music of your choice. After that, slip it in your pocket, place the ear phones on your ears, push the button and allow yourself to be transported to beautiful audio havens. It will help you ignore and avoid any of the multiple interruptions and distortions available out there. If someone attempts talking to you, just smile and nod, as if you understood, and proceed with your escape from any of the attempts to involve you in someone else’s agenda.

All you have to do is smile. They will never know you didn’t hear them, for that matter didn’t want to, and will move on to their next victim. And, if you break out in a rhythmic dance step, they will just think it must have been something they said. Now, isn’t this fun? The good news is that this method is available for use at anytime of the day, in any environment,



More on Senior Travel to Mexico

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

It is quite evident that “Jim Loves Mexico.”  He also finds the inhabitants friendly, accepting and accommodating.  Here you will find good help and information for you to plan your next trip to Mexico.  Seniors might start with Mexico’s ten best seaside hideaways.  From the aquamarine waters of the Mayan Riviera to the secluded beaches [...]



Seniors Learn to Enjoy Traveling Smart

Jul 23rd, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Travel can be one of life’s great pleasures at any age, whether you’re a baby boomer or a senior. Here’s where to look for information on travel for older adults, including going alone or with a group, taking a well worn path or the road less travelled. But knowing how to travel safely, affordably and efficiently is [...]



Friday, at its Best… Seniors Innocent Holidays

Jul 23rd, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors still find ways to do what Americans have long done. Load up the car for a weekend holiday. Packing the sun screen, swim suits, beach paraphernalia, snacks and pop, adult children and grandkids, and heading for the beach. It was a time of complete freedom and totally released expectations. It was a time when laughter rang in the station wagon and the familiar cry of “are we there yet” sounded like a broken record. It was a time of unfettered fun and fully released energy to enjoy what had always seemed like a necessary rite of summer, swimming and snorkeling and lazing at the beach.

Now, while some are still free and able to do that, others across the vast 84000 square miles of prohibited waters in the Gulf may not. Others must show



Senior Travel to Japan

Jul 22nd, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I dearly love Japan.  I had the opportunity to spend three weeks there compliments of the Japanese Government.  There were 200 of us in all with the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program.  It was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Program — a U.S. government-initiated project created in 1946 to [...]



Looking For Paradise

Jul 22nd, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

While it is less and less likely that a paradise can be found, many senior citizens are still diligent in their search. Our travel section is so well visited and places and sites are so often searched that it is clear surfers are looking for places to go, sites to see, tranquility to experience. We seniors really are desperate these days for a captivating environment, where surroundings are serene and opportunities for a pleasant get away really do exist. They are out there, but the search requires diligence, discipline and care. It is so easy, as in so many things these days, to be unpleasantly surprised. The definition of paradise also needs to be carefully drawn. Finding where to go, how able you are to afford it, what may be the danger signs as you research it all are very necessary steps before leaving your own domicile.

I leave the technicalities of the search



Seniors: Ten More Ways to Save Money

Jul 21st, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

The response to the SCJ post last week about senior citizens saving money was overwhelming!  So we decided to try to find ten more that are unusual, and not especially well known.  Here they are: Drive in the continental United States at someone else’s cost.  Rental car companies often are looking to relocate their vehicles; [...]



On The Road With Elderly Parents

Jul 21st, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

We left early on a Friday morning for the Midwest.  My father was finally on the road, returning to his home state.  I’m quite sure that his agenda was to find a home they could live in and make that important move back to his roots where he wanted to die.  We started making plans [...]