Archive for October 2010

Medicare and Social Security: End of Year Checklist

Oct 31st, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Year-end is the time senior citizens need to take a look at decisions they may want to make about Medicare coverages, as well as a review of their Social Security accounts. (The Annual Enrollment Period–AEP–for Medicare is upon us.)   The following is a list SCJ editors compiled regarding questions to ask and issues to consider.  If [...]



Seniors: Six Daily Signs to Watch For

Oct 29th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Enabling full and emotionally prosperous days is the daily need and desire of all senior citizens. Acting out emotions which give fulfilling promise to the start, middle and end of a day’s length needs to be our daily modus operandi. How to do that requires being alert to six signs.

The first: when you awake in the morning, check your full disposition, physical, emotional, mental. Allow for a moment or more of meditation. Sweep out the things you can’t do anything about. Focus on what will contribute to happiness, concord, tranquility and effective living of the day.



Taliesin West, a Senior Citizen Travel Destination

Oct 29th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Senior Travel

Frank Lloyd Wright wrote, “Our new desert camp belonged to the Arizona desert as though it had stood there SINCE CREATION.”  That’s Taliesin West,a favorite travel destination for senior citizens.   Acclaimed as one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLW) greatest masterpieces, Taliesin West(TW – pronounced: tal-ee-ess-in) showcases Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Taliesin [...]



Senior Finance: We CAN Afford Social Security and Medicare

Oct 28th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Hey, Senior Citizen Friends, Please read this if you don’t read anything else today: SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE CANNOT, I REPEAT CANNOT, GO BROKE. THEY ARE FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND AND EITHER WE, THE PEOPLE, CHOOSE TO PAY FOR THEM OR WE DON’T.  Wealth and financial soundness is not just measured in money; it’s also measured in [...]



Inspiration for Seniors: If There Is One More Thing I Can Do Today…

Oct 28th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If there is one more thing I can do today, I would like it to be something gentle, kind and generous. Who knows what tomorrow may bring? Who knows if tonight’s rest will be greeted with a sunny, happy morning? So, if there is one more thing I can do today, I would like it to be something that those closest to me can know considers them, embraces them, holds them with a love that is full and sincere and as lasting as the moment will allow it.

Too many days have passed from ordinary to only barely remembered. Too many of our life’s best moments have not been given the freedom to be expansive and exalting. Ordinary occasions can become extraordinary treasures. Persons seen only for a brief glimpse and a



Senior Travel to New Zealand

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

What makes New Zealand so alluring to visitors is the variety and great number of New Zealand attractions all located within relatively short driving distances from one another. Comprising two main islands with a network of fine roads, New Zealand is as satisfying for a short holiday as for a somewhat longer trip which can [...]



Hey Seniors, Cleaning House is Great Exercise!

Oct 27th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

I was intrigued to find how many of the exercises the Physical Therapist prescribed actually are duplicated as one goes about cleaning house. The therapist was demonstrating for me the kinds of things I needed to be doing to improve my gait, balance, and self confidence in movement. It was practical, not at all strenuous or intimidating, but matter of fact and need.

So I decided I should go about the movements of house cleaning in a deliberate attempt not only to do a good job, one my spouse would approve, but to accomplish my regimen of activity the therapist advised for each day. Of course, I won’t be cleaning so



Seniors Love Scottsdale!

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

Winfield Scott, the founding father of Scottsdale arrived about 1888 and purchased 600 acres just outside Phoenix. It was only a “cow town” then but today the population of the city is 245,500+. Scott’s legacy remains solid today in the “Valley of the Sun.” Imagine a city built entirely on the principles of pampering, recreation [...]



Senior Women and Alzheimer’s

Oct 27th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

We senior citizens keep looking at Alzheimer’s from as many perspectives as possible.  SCJ has looked at statistics about the disease, whom it affects, the symptoms, how the diagnosis is reached, and now we look at Alzheimer’s and it’s affects on Women.  The Shriver report says this horrific disease affects 10 million women annually.  That means [...]



Senior Health: The Mammogram Issue

Oct 26th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

A lot has been said the past couple of years about the advisability (or not) of having a mammogram before the age of 50 and after 75.  The recommendations have changed, based on the United States Preventive Services Task Force statements issued November, 2009, and updated a month later. Until late 2009, annual mammograms were recommended [...]