Archive for September 2010

Seniors: When Pain and Hurt Strike

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

Most of us are familar with the presence and discomfort of pain and hurt in our lives. Sometimes it makes itself known physically. At others it is pyschological. On still other occasions it is introduced as deeply emotional. It has ramifications all too exacting, all too real, all too sudden.

When it comes, we expect that it may be something that can be managed. But, its presence may be surprising and may catch us completely off guard. After all, how is it that persons who have shared life together can come to that moment when pain and hurt dominate the years of commitment and shared living? How is it that persons who have known the depths of familial acquaintance can come to that moment of traumatic alienation? And, how is it that that experience is recognized for what it is, not a fleeting moment of separation, but a dramatic and heart



Seniors: Support New Orleans Tourism

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

New Orleans is making a comeback.  Travel + Leisure included it in the top 10 US cities to visit since Hurricane Katrina demolished the city in August 2005.  T+L’s World’s Best Awards named The Big Easy #7 in top cities in the US and Canada this year (2010).   The City That Care Forgot has worked hard [...]



Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) Insurance Policies Reviewed

Sep 29th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Medicare was not designed to cover all health care needs you may encounter in retirement. Many of us are in original Medicare and we have supplemental policies, also known as Medigap Policies. (Some seniors choose the Medicare Advantage Plan, in which case you don’t need a supplemental policy; you can compare Original Medicare with Medicare Advantage here) We’re getting close to the time of year when we can look at changing, if we want to do that. That time period is coming up, November 10 through the end of the year.

Supplemental plans are offered by private insurance companies throughout the country. Some states have different regulations for supplemental policies, so you should check online regarding what your state may require.



Seniors: Beware ‘All Inclusive’ Cruises

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

To a first-time senior citizen cruiser, their vacation may seem all-inclusive, but it is not.  AOL Travel’s advice is to make a budget before you hand over your credit card and you can beat the spend.  AOL offers further advice to save you some money.  Except on the most upscale lines, cruises are not all-inclusive, and [...]



Senior Caregiving for Parents With Dementia

Sep 28th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Sometimes it takes a while for topics for this blog to formulate in my brain… and other times ideas just pop up in the course of daily living as a senior citizen and I think, I’ve got to write in SCJ about that; others must be having the same experience.

That happened yesterday when I received a call from my sister about our father (age 95) and step-mother (almost 83). Although Dad’s is seriously advanced, dementia hit both of them as they aged. As is typical, Dad can remember specific times in his childhood, and recounts them over and over and over again. However, his short term memory is shot, and he repeats himself many times because he cannot hold on to a thought more than about 60 seconds. He knows his memory is ‘gone’ and expresses his sadness about that.



Senior Travel to India–Part 2

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

I recently wrote a travel blog on India for seniors. I have been doing a lot of reading on India and China and find India to be a totally fascinating country.  This blog will bring in to focus some information associated with a country in total development without the rest of the world really being aware of [...]



Cholesterol 101 for Seniors

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

If you’re like me, I have never been able to understand good and bad cholesterol and keep it straight in my head. And lipids? What’s that got to do with cholesterol?

Well, here are some answers, and I finally have it straight.

Lipids: lipids are the fats in your blood stream; we all have them and they are necessary for good health; but when they get unbalanced, we could be in for trouble.

Cholesterol: waxy, sticky stuff that attaches to proteins in the lipids in your blood stream; cholesterol is required for building healthy cells, but like chocolate,



Senior Travel to India–Part 1

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

Namaste! (Greetings)! A trip to India is exceptional for seniors, as this wonderland has always been a prime travel destination for those who are charmed by exotic beaches of south India, the mesmerizing backwaters, the spell-binding remains of the ancient civilization in the north, the lofty mountain ranges, lush greenery, the tropical rain forests. It is [...]



Senior Finances Easier With Internet

Sep 25th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

During a visit with an elderly relative this week, one of SCJ’s editors learned the relative had bounced a number of checks on a banking account that had been closed for some time.  She was unaware she was using a checkbook on a closed account.  Another elderly relative sent her quarterly estimated tax form to the [...]



What Seniors Need to Know About Social Security

Sep 25th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Those of us who have received Social Security benefits for several years generally know how to navigate the Social Security web site.  For you newbies, here is some information that you might find helpful: Direct Deposit : The best way to make sure your Social Security monthly benefit gets to you is to have it [...]