Archive for August 2010

Seniors Fly Around the World

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

Many senior citizens look for unusual travel opportunities, and the Internet today makes finding them more accessible.  I recently discovered a super site that can fulfill one of my dreams of flying around the world. can help you with those plans.  You must  travel through up to six continents, go around the world in [...]

Seniors Benefit From Social Security

Aug 25th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We reported last week about Social Security celebrating its 75th anniversary. For more than seven decades, the Social Security program has been helping millions of Americans add to their retirement income and provide income for the disabled. For some, it was the only income they had. It saved them from poverty. This week, MSNBC gave us a snapshot of Social Security.

The plan was a lifesaver to those struggling in the Great Depression, and continues to be for many retired citizens without pensions or savings. A lot of people throughout the past 75 years have lived better lives because of Social Security. To this day, it’s still one of the most important sources of income for older Americans.

Senior Travelers: What NOT to Pack

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

Here is a nice list for your to print off and to check off as you pack for your next trip at Interactive Packing List. Do you feel like you forget something every time you pack for a trip? Get organized with this interactive packing list from the Independent Traveler.  They have brainstormed a list [...]

Senior Finances: Staying on a Budget

Aug 24th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

A friend complained last year about being unable to stay on her fixed-income budget.  She said no matter what she did, she always had to dig in to her savings and investments.  And she is increasingly concerned about those resources eventually drying up.  I asked her if she just needed to whine, or did she really want [...]

Favorite Editors for Senior Travel

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

If you have followed my senior travel blogs very long you well know that one of my heros is Peter Greenberg.  Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. He is Travel Editor for CBS News, and appears on The Early Show and across many CBS broadcast platforms.. This guy travels [...]

Baby Boomers Retire in Unexpected Places

Aug 24th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A recent news article presents some interesting information about where Baby Boomers are choosing to live in retirement. Baby Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964, during the post World War II era. Some of them are now choosing to retire; many have decided to continue working in a satisfying career that isn’t over on an emotional level. BBs have, in a sense, redefined many traditional cultural values in the United States, and challenged long-standing traditions. They’ve had a clear effect on the course of history in America.

Seventy-six million babies were born in the Baby Boomer years. As they retire, the senior citizen population will grow exponentially. The need for good medical care will explode, retirement centers will pop up in cities and small towns alike, and retired BBs will be studied endlessly to determine

Seniors: How to Identify Fear-Mongering Tactics

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

An annoying issue in the political-media can actually turn in to dangerous and intimidating manipulation. We’re referring to fear-mongering assaults that are primarily directed toward the burgeoning senior citizen retired population, although younger generations can also be affected.

Wikipedia defines fear-mongering thus:

Fear mongering (or scaremongering) is the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end. The feared object or subject is sometimes exaggerated, and the pattern of fear mongering is usually one of repetition, in order to continuously

Seniors Travel to Argentina

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

My wife and I had the good fortune to visit “the Paris of the South” in Argentina. As a Southern Hemisphere city, Buenos Aires’ seasons occur at opposite times of the year from those of us in the north. For instance, when it’s winter in New York, it’s summer in Buenos Aires.  We were there [...]

Senior Health: Listen to the Wake-Up Call

Aug 22nd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Some times things happen in life that provide opportunity to rethink how you are living.  And Dr Wayne Dyer has an interesting comment on Facebook this week that may provide guidance for those of you who want to do some rethinking.  He says, “I focus on what’s really important in life. Quality rather than appearance…ethics [...]

Seniors Squeeze By: Design a Budget that Works

Aug 20th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Projecting just how one or two will get by in the continuing downturn requires designing a disciplined course. Among the givens in most budgeting are these:

Groceries, (includes eating out)
Household expenses
Auto expenses and insurance for both
Health and Medical Insurance
Family related expenses and gifts
Property Tax
other taxes
Charitable contributions
Medical expense.