Archive for August 2010

Senior Citizens Use the Internet

Aug 31st, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Social networking on the Internet is increasing rapidly and guess which population is responsible for the rise? Yup… it’s us senior citizens. A new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project revealed between April 2009 and May 2010, social networking use among internet users ages 50-64 grew by 88%–from 25% to 47%. During the same period, use among those ages 65 and older grew 100%–from 13% to 26%.

Another digital measurement company, comScore, found 27.4 million people age 55 and over used a social networking service in the month of July; that’s up from 16 million a year ago. Nineteen million of those people used Facebook in the month of July alone.

It’s understandable



Seniors Plan Travel on the Internet

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

The latest Vantage Travel 116-page bulletin outlines dozens of programs that may be of interest to seniors. These include their first announcement of New 2011 Journeys.  It’s easy to find the Vantage Memorable Journey that may be a  perfect fit for you. Simply click the links and they make some great suggestions. Are you dreaming of a [...]



Fear-Mongering Demonizes Social Security

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

The fear-mongering that we’re all hearing about Social Security is nothing new.  It started 75 years ago when President Roosevelt signed the bill into law.  We found an article written by Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen that describes the fear-mongering history, and shines a spotlight on the morally decent program we know as Social Security.  [...]



Senior Finance: Savings and Investing Rules Change–Part 1

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

Established and respected financial experts generally offer good advice to seniors regarding their financial decisions.  The Washington Post recently published an article contributed by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.  There are several suggestions that apply specifically to senior citizens and are worth some thought in this era of do-it-yourself retirement savings.  The article suggests some traditional rules of saving [...]



Senior Travel to Ireland

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

I just received a very nice 18-page Insider’s Guide to Ireland’s Great Offers and want to send them along to you.  Here are their latest vacation deals at some “very friendly prices.”  Independent travel deals start at prices form $399 up. Videos called Go Where Ireland takes you have ten beautiful gems including a topical view of [...]



Seniors: Clutter, Stutter, or Mutter

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

Okay, guys and girls here we are at the virtual end of summer and the beginning of fall. Time to get into the routine to make decisions for the last quarter of this tenth year of the first decade of 2000. Let’s look at the three stooges who try to trick us to use our time and energy as we launch into the closing quarter of this rapidly passing year.

First, let’s get at the clutter. What are we going to choose to rid our lives of before the clutter multiplies any further? There are so many places to start. Garage, Basement, Study, filled with unread magazines, solicitation mail that should have been tossed upon receiving. But wait, we are getting ahead of ourselves. What about the clutter of the mind. That is the big one. If you began the day by turning on either a radio, televsion or computer, then the first consideration is WHY? The clutter has been going on all night and lurks in wait for us, just as soon as we touch that dial or push that button or call forth from the deep all the wicked and troubling and quarrelsome events and episodes happening in our world right now.



Villages Help Seniors Live at Home

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

Living Independently – a Challenge for Seniors One of the big struggles we senior citizens experience is trying to live independently as we age.  It is a struggle because of the increasing health issues we face, as well as mobility limitations that creep up on us.  As a result, we begin to think about moving [...]



Seniors: Is Mental Courage Unreachable?

Aug 27th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Occasionally SCJ Editors run across an article in mainstream media that we believe needs to be shared with our readers. The following article is one of those we believe needs to be read by every citizen in the United States. It was printed in the New York Times August 23 and written by David Brooks, one of the premier op ed columnists of all time.
A Case of Mental Courage
By DAVID BROOKS
In 1811, the popular novelist Fanny Burney learned she had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy without anesthesia. She lay down on an old mattress, and a piece of thin linen was placed over her face, allowing her to make out the movements of the surgeons above her.



Senior Travel Updates on Spain

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

Stretching sun-drenched and untamed to the south of the wild and majestic Pyrenees, this passionate nation works a mysterious magic. Spain is littered with hundreds of glittering beaches, flamenco bailaors (dancers) swirl in flounces of colour; and toreros (bullfighters) strut their stuff in the bullrings. Summer holidaymakers gather around great pans of steaming paella (at [...]



Seniors: What You Need to Know About Social Security

Aug 26th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

AARP has done it again! Just as we were doing research for an article about the basics and essentials of Social Security, AARP posted the article. So instead of trying to out-do that great senior advocacy organization, we are posting the article with full credits to AARP and Kelly Miller, who wrote it.

Is Social Security just for retired workers? No. In December 2009, 15 percent of Social Security beneficiaries were disabled workers; 8 percent were children; 8 percent were widows, widowers and parents; and 5 percent were spouses. The remaining 64 percent of beneficiaries were retired workers.

At what age can I start collecting Social Security benefits? Workers can begin receiving benefits at age 62, but your benefit will be greater if you wait until your full