Archive for August 2010

Seniors Find Business Travel Planning Websites

Aug 19th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Joe Sent Me is the homepage for business travelers. Joe Brancatelli finds that members love him.  Mainstream-media reporters revere him. Big airline executives? Not much love, but lots of respect–and a little fear. Why? Because Joe Brancatelli is the voice of the American business traveler. Anxious to read one of his columns? Want to see [...]



Seniors Choose Standards to Live By

Aug 19th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Deciding to identify and then to practice living by a set of standards is an undertaking which feeds one’s conscience, ethical commitment, and contributes for being an all around wholesome human being. Living for over 55 years or more should earn something in the way of coming to that time when self identity includes having rounded out oneself as a wholesome person, clear and clean thinker. Growing into the maturity of a person who has chosen to examine the qualities of adulthood that he/she wishes to be known by is no small task.

Respectability is defined more by who you are and how you behave than what neighborhood you live in. When meeting a person for the first time, do you examine what they have on first or how they come across in behavior, presence, and decorum? If it is the latter, then you are on the right track. Finding ways to be a person of integrity means that you have



Seniors: Plan Holidays to Avoid Disappointment

Aug 18th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Just around the corner, not far from Labor Day, the seasonal holidays which create traditional opportunities for getting together will be here. The need for all the typical preparations will be upon us and the best plans will need to be in place to avoid disappointment and forgotten details.

Start now planning your seasonal holidays to avoid the disappointment of things not coming together. Choose dates for getting together with family. Nail down commitments for all family members who have the discretion to travel. Look for flights and other travel accommodations which will enable early bookings at a savings. Anticipate weather related issues. Plan to gather where it will allow for the maximum amount of access and comfort for all attending. Decide on meal arrangements. Whoever is hosting should be assured of mutual family participation so as not to put the expense burden on one person or family. Account for the difficulties of travel on the part of the older members of the family. Be



Seniors Use Maps in Travel Planning

Aug 18th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Maps.com is the world’s largest map store. Browse the web’s largest selection of world, continent or country maps–from the whole globe down to state ZIP Code maps–and everything in between. Find antique, history and satellite maps along with framed maps, pinboard maps and more. Maps.com wall maps are available in paper and laminated finishes, large to [...]



More Senior Travel Planning Internet Sites

Aug 17th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Travel planning gets easier for senior citizens when good, well-researched Internet sites are consulted.  For example, Just Travel Talk has a series  of travel forums for seniors to check out: Last Minute Travel Deal Just Travel Travel Talk Travel To Kayak Travel Journey To The Liberty Travel Hazel Freeman is the Senior Travel Editor on Bella [...]



Social Security is 75 Years Old!

Aug 17th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

*NOTE: Senior Moments is written today by Dr Sharon Shaw Elrod, MSW, EdD, Senior Editor of Senior Citizen Journal. Please read the SCJ DISCLAIMER.

On Saturday, August 14, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s signing the Social Security Act. Seventy-five years ago, the legislation was a social insurance program aimed at providing financial assistance to the elderly, disabled and people in poverty. The OASDI Act, date of enactment, signing are emblazoned in the minds of social workers the country over. It’s a program we have primary responsibility for administering. It is dear to us, not because it pays our salaries, but because it has provided assistance for millions of citizens to live with better food and housing, have most medical needs addressed, and not have to worry if there will be a place to live and food on the table tomorrow. The Social Security program is simply morally right.



Seniors Contemplate the Future

Aug 16th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In 20 years I will have reached the threshold of the 90′s, assuming I survive the time between now and then. I will be in the category where my mother and father in law now reside. They are both in their 90′s and dealing with all the progressive satisfactions which have kept them going and quite adequately at their advanced ages. What will the world be like for me/us then? How will the dynamics of health issues affect those of us presumbably fortunate enough to be around? What will be required of us to keep our own health habits working in our behalf? How will the medical field have advanced? What will be the take on cancer, heart problems, and other of the more serious maladies that strike us as we age?

Beyond that what will the social and cultural fabric of the times be like? Will we have made choices that help to create a more livable climate? Will the economy be such that it contributes to more persons being gainfully employed? Will the wars that continue to pump their costs into our body politic have been resolved? How will education for the young encourage more and better solutions for the vast issues we



More on Senior Travel in Europe

Aug 16th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Many seniors visit Europe to see the famous sights they’ve always heard about. But an equally important part of any travel experience is to savor the real flavor of a city or country. Stay where the Europeans stay, eat where the Europeans eat, and share the European view of Europe. Cosmos may just be the [...]



Senior Health: Older is Better Emotionally

Aug 15th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

A medical report from Australia recently revealed information contrary to what most of us have come to believe about aging… in fact, our emotional stability improves as we age; we get mellower! The Journal of  Neuroscience published the results of a study in the Westmead Milennium Institute, New South Wales, Australia.  The researchers studied 142 people, [...]



Outlook for Medicare Improves in 2010

Aug 15th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

The Trustees of Social Security and Medicare funds released the 2010 Annual Reports for each program.  The results are summarized here: The outlook for Medicare has improved substantially because of program changes made in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the “Affordable [...]