Archive for January 2011

Senior Health: Relationship Between High Blood Pressure and Alzheimer’s

Jan 31st, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

High blood pressure (hypertension) is bad for us senior citizens for several reasons… it interferes with our general feeling of well-being, the incidence of strokes is much higher than for those seniors with normal blood pressure, it compromises the entire cardiovascular system, and now we are learning that hypertension is bad for your brain as well. Johns [...]



Seniors: Part 2, Choosing to Relocate

Jan 31st, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Entertaining the idea of relocating is a sometimes excursion for seniors. Considering a move comes for all kinds of reasons. Weather is a big one. The midwest and northeast, even parts of the south, have experienced brutal winters, and particularly so this year. Deciding to move to be nearer children and grandchildren is another motivation. Desire for a change often influences the need to explore options. Health issues, climate considerations, family involvements and other reasons contribute to the desire to explore options for relocation. Within that, however, there are some very important issues which need to be explored and evaluated.

It is important that having chosen a location, which seems desirable, to spend some time there. If it is far distant and you fly, rent a car so you can explore the area thoroughly. If you have acquaintances there, prevail upon their experience and satisfaction with their choice. Take time to explore not only real estate, but neighborhoods, amenities, infrastructure issues, community offerings, e.g. cultural, sports, etc. Check out utility and tax costs if owning a home. Explore shopping conveniences, medical professionals and their availability. Stretch beyond the environs of the community to nearby attractions, historical interests and availability



Great Trips for Seniors

Jan 31st, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I have just come across a series of great trips for seniors. The first is a series of 10 Great European Train Trips with photos. Train travel in the Old World maintains a certain mystique for many travelers – and it’s little wonder: With scads of culture, 47 countries packed into a region slightly larger [...]



Senior Finances: Buy or Rent??

Jan 30th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Many seniors today are faced with the dilemma of whether to purchase a home or rent one.  There are several variables to consider in the process of deciding what avenue is best for you.  Let’s take a look at what some of them are. Perhaps the most important considerations are the state of your health, [...]



Senior Dilemmas: Part I, How to Keep Peace in the Family

Jan 28th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It is not a natural assumption that because a family is a family peace will prevail. Most disagreements and divisions originate within families. Often over very petty, generational and power play issues, conflict comes on because of a loose word, a missed connection, a blown fuse. Keeping peace in the family is a priority of enormous importance. Because peace is a requisite to calm, serenity and harmony, without it patterns of behavior may be prompted which create the very opposite of the desirable.

It is quite easy for the presence of peace to be interrupted. It really doesn’t take much. Strong feelings, convictions that have been weighed in the balance and found wanting, posiitions on issues which spark sudden disagreements, outbursts,” this is how I feel (or believe) and that is final attitudes” can render the environment compromised to the point of silence and



Senior Travel to New York City

Jan 28th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Expedia has a great site to check out New York City (NYC). Expedia makes it easy to book your NYC vacation. This site can help you find the right deal so you can sit back and relax on your much-needed vacation in NYC. Vacation search results provide all the information you need when booking your NYC [...]



Senior Citizens Support Social Security

Jan 27th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

It’s still not clear what our new congress plans to do about Social Security.  The President didn’t say much about it in his State of the Union address.  What he did say was he would improve Social Security “without putting at risk current retirees” and “without slashing benefits for future generations.” This is a step in [...]



Seniors: Healing Activities Following Illness or Surgery

Jan 27th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Assuming you have some hint that dealing with an illness or surgery may be imminent, part of the preparations for that would well be laying out a plan for things to do while recovering. Illnesses often come on without much warning as we senior citizens age. But, when they do having someone who can help entertain you, get you through the day, assuming you feel like any activity at all, is helpful for speeding up the process of recovery. Other means include entertaining yourself, e.g. sudoku or wordoku, crossword puzzles, solitaire, other independent activities which allow for your mind to be kept active and off your condition. It also helps prevent too much bothersome prevailing on your spouse, friend or whomever is there to be helpful to you.

Surgery is quite another matter. It will, at least



Senior Travelers: National Parks Must See Lists

Jan 27th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

The National Parks Foundation and the National Parks Conservation Association, believe that America’s national parks and historical sites embody the American spirit. They are windows to our past, homes to some of our rarest plants and animal species, and places where every American can go to find inspiration, peace, and open space.  According to rank, park [...]



More on Seniors Traveling to National Parks

Jan 26th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I discovered I have more to share about our national parks.  A website dealing with national parks sparked my curiosity.  Our national parks provides an unmatched platform for meeting the goals of America’s Great Outdoors initiative and are among our best national heritage vestiges. Users here will also find current news about each park, access and [...]