Archive for January 2011

Seniors: Redefining Retirement

Jan 26th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Can we redefine retirement? Whatever definition applies when first retired is likely to be changed as time goes by. Circumstances, beyond our control, have a a way of revaluating our lifestyle, our expectations, our patterns for living. So, the question is not whether we can redefine retirement, it is whether we shall be prepared to do so.

Every decade introduces a whole new set of unanticipated possibilities. Some are refreshing, others are demoralizing, still others are neutral, but still require accomodating. In my seventh decade, that which the Bible extols, I have found adjustments and twists and turns I could not necessarily have expected. Some, however, are predictable. They follow patterns. They are endemic to aging. Redefining retirement carries with it a whole barrel full of apples, some of them very crisp and tasty, some sour and not so pleasant. My preference is Granny Smith. They are much like life, some sharp and



Seniors: Part 3, Anticipating the Future

Jan 25th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Today, we devote a few moments to Anticipating the Future. We senior citizens have agreed to Leave the Past and have faced Maximizing the Future, now we Anticipate the Future. Some disadvantages emerge here. We are bereft of a crystal ball, a soothsayer who can unfold the secrets of Christmases yet to come. We can only create an environment in which our future can unfold, in which our actions and behaviors can become a new reality. Thus, the future, as always, beckons. What awaits is anybody’s guess, but how we deal with this great grand opening of tomorrow, is up to us.

Dreading the future because of past experiences, poor choices from the past, can give shape to the future. Expecting that things will be about as negative as they have been will likely create a scenario that doesn’t allow for much improvement, change, and difference in outcome. There is still time, today, to allow for the revealing of a better tomorrow.



Senior Travelers Enjoy National Parks

Jan 25th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

The list by the National Park Service counts people visiting the parks. Each park in the system has a method for figuring this out, which is actually a little more complex than clicking a counter every time a car drives past the entrance station. Here is a site called ‘Park of the Week’. Sorry to say [...]



Senior Women: Take a Look at the Label on Your Cosmetics

Jan 24th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

The Arizona Star (Tucson) printed an article last week that will be of interest to senior women.  It described the problems and issues created by cosmetics that have ingredients such as plastics, pesticides and harmful known carcinogens.  Yuk! Dr. Andrew Weil is founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of [...]



Seniors: Part 2, Maximizing the Present

Jan 24th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Today’s assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to maximize the present. That’s it. Everyday it is the same. Everyday, no matter what, maximizing the present is our first and exclusive priority. There can be no skipping over it, no pulling the covers over our heads, no blocking out its sneaking upon us, no closing off what may be in store. One way or the other, we must maximize every minute, every new day.

If we lose sight of maximizing, we are exposed to just trying to contend with the present. Denial, though futile, simply means, if this is a method we choose, that our contending mechanism has completely lost another 24 hours of our life. Wasted, misspent, squandered by having done absolutely nothing. Still the day has been met and contending with it has been done. Not to do anything is to do something. Not to decide, so said a theologian of years’ back, is to decide.



Senior Citizens Travel to Germany

Jan 24th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

So let’s go visit Germany, Seniors.  Whether you’re searching for new and exciting travel ideas, special offers, or practical information, the official website of the German National Tourist Office has all you need to plan your next trip to Germany and experience a vacation of a lifetime. The picturesque countryside is perfect for walking or simply relaxing [...]



Senior Health, Critical Screening for Glaucoma

Jan 23rd, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

We talked about glaucoma several months ago, and it’s time to revisit this important medical issue that affects millions of senior citizens around the globe.  Glaucoma results when eye pressure becomes high enough over a long enough period of time to damage the optic nerve.  There are several issues that create increased eye pressure. A [...]



Seniors: Part 1, Leaving the Past

Jan 21st, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It is, admittedly, difficult to surrender the past. That is one possession that we seem to cling to more than all the others. So long as our memories work at all, it seems that we find ourselves dwelling on events and episodes, persons and places, moments and memories that are so much a part of our past. Some hold on to keepsakes that remind us of days gone by. Some keep scores of albums and photographs and stuff and things which help conjure up the glorious reminiscence of yesteryear. And, for some those ambling walks through the paths and trails of those days become an exercise in joyous recall. Likely, so long as one does not become too inundated by the past, there is nothing wrong with such meanderings.

But, it is the present and the future with which we must realistically contend. Particularly is it the present. And in that present, often we find ourselves tempted to compare what our world is like now to then. Present probabilities confront us everyday. They are more than probabilities, they are stark and dramatic realities. I just read that my college English prof, favorite of all, died on Epiphany this month. The epiphany he brought



Seniors: Relishing in the Simple, Rejoicing in the Silence, Renewing One’s Soul

Jan 20th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Now comes the moment for quiet, simple introspection. How can I be a human being of quality? How can I, even at my age and disposition, achieve to the highest and recognize there are still contributions I may make? How can I slip out of the doldrums of petty routine and become a symbol of bravery and courage and conviction and commitment? How can I live out the rest of my days with a sense of wanting to be a person of honor, integrity, wisdom and conciliation?

These are worthy goals, achieveable to the one who makes them so. These are worthwhile motivations, edging us further toward a sense of perfection and decency. Why would it be so easy just to ignore the finer qualities? Why is it so predictable that so often the choice is to be a part of the mundane, the indifferent, the callous, the impure?

Relishing in the simple is a character trait that is most often found, I have come to find, in persons who like to fish. Such



Helpful Travel Planning Online for Seniors

Jan 20th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Here is another website that I think provides great suggestions about travel for senior citizens.  It is Seniors-Site.com and there are several categories of information on that link.  Click on the previous link to go to the list, where you can click on items of interest to you.  Among them are Travel Bulletins for Seniors — news, etc. Preparations [...]