Archive for February 2011

Seniors: Three Questions Before Retiring

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

Edging toward retirement prompts a variety of questions and investigations before taking the proverbial leap. It is no small undertaking, certainly now that questions about raising the retirement age, trimming social security benefits, high inflation and low interest returns are being proffered.

So what is it that needs to be examined by the person who is approaching 60 or above and is thinking about the benefits of retirement.

Primary to any resolution to retire is to determine “What Will I Do?” This is the question which drives all the other questions. The answer to this question will also influence the shape of lifestyle considerations, cost of iving issues, satisfaction with your



Seniors: Staying Current With Worldwide Travel

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

In a recent WSJ an travel article focused on “Who’s the Best.”  A World Travel Awards 2010 gala was held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. It’s one of six to eight awards banquets the company holds each year. The award for the best airline in the world goes to … Singapore. And Eithad. And Asiana. [...]



Seniors: Building Blocks for the Next Life Phase

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

Seventy-two is not a bad age. It can be a very good age and time for persons who:

>are in reasonably good health.

>whose finances are relatively secure.

>whose life mate is well and happy.

>whose own life and world view is flexible and open.



Senior Travel: The Most Popular Tourist Sites in the World

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

I recently discovered a web site that focuses and elaborates on the most popular attractions, museums, squares, streets, palaces, bridges, towers, railway stations, theater and opera houses, parks and cites in the entire world.  I will share a few that I have always found exciting and you can mine deeper as you wish. Each is [...]



Seniors: Retirement is a Time to Care

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

Reaching retirement is much like finishing a race. When one has crossed the finish line all kinds of new experiences await, while old patterns are changed. No more going to work every morning. No more office parties. No more following the same day in/day out routine.

It is a time that offers new vistas, new opportunities, new behaviors. Perhaps it is also a time to sharpen some patterns of behavior left too long ignored. Like caring. Now is the time to care. Now is the time to show how you care. Now is the time to exercise caring behavior with all with whom you traffic.

What do I mean? Right now is a good time to start flexing your care. Madison, Wisconsin, is fraught with people who



Senior Travel to Iceland

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

I had forgotten about having been in Iceland a couple of times until recently when the lady at the checkout counter had a different kind of first name tag. I inquired about her name and she said that it was ‘Icelandic.’ That brought back memories of landing on Icelandair airlines at Keflavic airfare base and [...]



Seniors: Letting People Know

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The other day, quite innocently, I let someone know that she reminded me of a very talented and remarkable actress. It was spontaneous, uninvited, but quite sincere and free of motive. I just wanted to let her know that my perception of her was quite positive. Her response seemed to be one of being moved, complimented and maybe a bit embarrassed. But the deed was done and it was out there.

My sense is that letting people know is a good thing. Letting them know that they are special, deserving of notice, that others observe and appreciate them adds to their own self esteem. What’s wrong with that? It costs nothing, but minor effort, a little courage or audacity, and the willingness to take a small risk. The outcome likely produces an opening for a new acquaintance, the developing relationship of a new friend, the open door to other intersections when life’s



Memory and Aerobic Walking: Senior Health

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

New information about the effect exercise has on memory gives senior citizens hope for better health as we age.  Our brain is divided into a number of parts, including one in the center called the hippocampus.  That’s where new information gets placed and put into a ‘code’ so we can recall it later.  If we didn’t [...]



Senior Women Aging Gracefully

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

I’ve been reading a lot about aging gracefully these days.  Had a delightful lunch yesterday with one of my best friends, and she commented on my healthy-fitness appearance.  I began thinking about that and decided to share some notions I have with you about how to age gracefully, with the best possible physical and spiritual [...]



Senior Travel to Jamaica

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I have friends who are soon heading off for Jamaica. I would guess that most of us do not know a lot about the island. For a geography class I took in college, I wrote a paper on the island and still remember some of its features. It is a great place for seniors to [...]