Archive for October 2010

Aging: Dealing With ‘It May Not Get Any Better”

Oct 26th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Most of us prefer days in which our dispositions declare “what a glorious day” it is! Most of us are disinclined to answer the question “how are you,” with a litany of woes. Most of us try to observe our aging with some objectivity. We try to avoid getting too focused on the minituae of our aches and pains, or, for that matter, that of others.

Then, along comes some unusual physical, biological impairment and we grow concerned. We rush to the conclusion: “what if it doesn’t get any better.” These are the promptings which require us to enjoy where we are and how we are with as much satisfaction and pleasure as we can. Eventually, our bodies have a way of whispering, sometimes shouting, at us letting us know there is a condition slipping up on us.



Seniors: Let’s Visit Florida

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

Florida is a favorite retirement location for many senior citizens of the US and this article will show you why. Many older folks move to Florida to enjoy the warm climate and to take advantage of all of the year-round recreational opportunities. Some of them maintain summer homes in the northern states near their children [...]



Medicare and Health Care Reform:Let’s Get it Right

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

The New York Times carried an editorial today that describes how Republican candidates and deep-pocketed special interests are spreading distortions and outright lies about health care reform.   Unfortunately, this creates confusion and questions about who to vote for in the election in eight days.  As SCJ said in the post about political issues, ”The  problem with believing what [...]



Seniors: What If We Seize the Day?

Oct 25th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

What would happen if seniors, this election season, seized the day? What if all the goodness and grace and objectivity and wisdom and experience that has become a part of our make up were called upon to challenge all the nastiness, rudeness, meanness, below the belt, unintelligent behavior? What if, we decided to make a difference that would/could shift the deterioriating nature of our public exchanges to conversations and dialogue that would show respect and honor and the proposition that “honorable people disagree.” It is no longer prudent to disagree, it seems. It seems that either one has to declare for one side or the other. There is no ground in between. Absolutes have been given sway. Unfortunately this is at the root of the nasty, angry behavior of which we see and hear so much.

But, what if we seize the day? What if we



Seniors: Central African Republic, Mixed Reviews

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

Most of my blog posts describe the wonders of travel to a specific destination.  This one is a little different, offering information about a little-known country in Africa, and some personal experiences related to it.  Not all posts on a travel blog can unconditionally recommend travel to every possible destination.  A few years back I [...]



Seniors: TRUTH About Hot Political Issues

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

SCJ has attempted to highlight a number of issues senior citizens are concerned about in the past few months that the general public believes, but that in reality are false. For example, some people believe Social Security is either broke or going broke; in reality, it has a trillion dollar trust fund and it’s health will continue for a minimum of 25 years; some project 37.

The problem with believing what is not true is that if we go to the polls with misconceptions, we will elect people who will not be and do what we expect.

The Campaign for America’s Future and Huffington Post published an article this past week



Senior Citizen Cruise Travel Discounted

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Vacations To Go has special cruise offers for senior citiens.  From time to time, cruise lines will offer special discounts on select sailings to Vacations To Go customers who are 55 or older on the day of departure. Always tell your Vacations To Go cruise counselor if any member of your party is 55+, so that [...]



Preparing to Meet Old Friends: Will we Have Anything to Say?

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It has only been 50 years. Those few years we were together in college sped by so rapidly. Friendships were made, memories were shaped, experiences taught us much. When graduation came, now those 50 years ago, we went our separate ways. Some maintained contact, others have had little to no interaction in those intervening years. It will be much like registration day when we first arrived at the huge Union building, except that everyone will have changed, recognition may take some appraisal. Until we surreptitiously observe the name tag we may have no idea who it is we are encountering.

And, the next question is, will we have anything to say? What will it take to break the ice? What if the memory is so far away that recall will take some prompting? The good news is that most of us will be in the same



Seniors Choose Sustainable and Ethical Travel

Oct 21st, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Many senior citizens today have a commitment to making ethical choices about the environment and impacting global change as little as possible.  Those choices may include ethical travel, or perhaps more commonly called ‘green’ travel.  I recently came across a website that promotes responsible travel, known as  Responsible Vacation (RV).  Their vacations, tours and schedules are designed [...]



Seniors: How Much Stress Can You Take?

Oct 21st, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There is only one way to avoid and manage stress. Decide you are in charge. All of the external factors that are constantly available will repeat themselves over and over, until you decide you are in charge. The phone rings early in the morning. It is a call of distress. Our son is in the throes of conflict with his roommate. Issues involving emotions, money, and daily getting along are pressing down hard. He is the only one who can handle them. I can be an ear, sympathetic, reinforcing to his good judgment, but that is about all. As for money, providing rescue is not a good idea. It is his dilemma. He needs to take it on and slay the dragon.

Another family dynamic has emerged. It involves a 95 year old resisting the issue of evaluating his continuing to drive. He is, in many ways, still able to manage, but he is struck with dementia that is increasingly serious.