Archive for February 2011

Seniors: Setting Out on a New Course

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Periodic change of direction is both likely and predictable as we age. A friend of mine, a former District Judge in Texas, says he changes his course about every ten years. Some do it intentionally, while it just seems to occur for others. It isn’t a bad proposition to look ahead and begin drawing a map of how the next 5 or 10 years may look. None of us is likely to come up with a correction proof course, but it is deserving of interest that we think about what we would like the future to hold.

One thing is rather certain. We won’t be where we are now within another half decade or so. By the way, did you know the word “decade” originally referred to days and not years. So, assume you are projecting out ten days, if years intimidates a bit much, and you will get the idea of how to proceed.

Our power over the future is limited, of course. But our expectations can be tailored in a way that help us do our best to come



Seniors: If Relocating, What Should I Move?

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

This is a very good question. It is loaded with landmines, both sentimental and impractical. Depending on how long it has been since you moved last, you will likely have accumulated an avalanche of stuff. Ridding yourself of it really needs to be an annual undertaking so that you are not met with a heavier than necessary task. However, let’s assume you are of the “Fibber McGee” genre and you do not, will not, have not cleaned out that closet or basement or garage or attic in ages. Let’s talk turkey!

Consider that moving, whether by a moving company or a rental truck, is an expensive undertaking. A relatively modest truck from a national rental firm, moving across the country, will run over $1000, just for a 17′ truck, gas/food/lodging enroute not included. What that means is that if you choose to move yourself from a 3 bedroom, 200o square foot home, there will be limited hauling space available for all the stuff you previously have hoarded. In fact, just for your “essentials,” however you define that,



Senior Citizens Travel to Utah

Feb 21st, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Well I have to admit that I have been… only kinda like been … in Utah.  I landed at Salt Lake City and took off again for Portland.  That really doesn’t count, does it?  I can say the same thing about Florida.  I have been in the Miami airport many times but never to Florida.  I [...]



Senior Finances: Social Security Baloney

Feb 18th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Seniors, our financial security is once again at risk, and we need to understand the issues.  A former trustee of the Social Security Trust Fund weighs in on the Social Security solvency issue. ”Saving” Social Security is a fear-mongering attempt to convince us seniors that there is a problem with our major lifeline.   In a word, the [...]



Senior Health Issues: Causes of Cognitive Impairment

Feb 18th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

We seniors are learning more about the potential causes of cognitive impairment.  We need to know what can create problems/issues with our brains as we age.  One of the possibilities is over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may be just that, or it can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s.  It is generally diagnosed with [...]



Seniors: Choosing Isolation or Association

Feb 18th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Depending on your own nature, choosing between isolation and association becomes a variable for seniors as we age. We are met with the desire for peace, tranquility, reduced tension, and as little fret as possible. That would seem to argue for isolation, i.e. being set apart and left alone.

The other option is to be constantly occupied, busy, involved. Having something to do, someone around, some dynamic to stir the pot of energy or creating a synergy of activity are the desired means for behavior.

Neither is the “best choice.” As in most cases, what works for some doesn’t work for others. And, it is likely that many, maybe most, will want to develop a blend of balanced activity and quietude



Senior Citizens Visit the English Countryside

Feb 18th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Sooner or later, senior citizens will want to depart London and explore the English countryside.  The countryside is loaded with green fields, roaming animals, flowing streams, ancient castles, huge churches and bell towers, seaside destinations and of course the Lake District National Park. With more than 3,500 kilometres of rights of way and 12 of [...]



Senior Women Reminisce About Spring Housecleaning

Feb 17th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Remember when you were a child and your mother spent a week doing ‘spring housecleaning’?  She turned everything inside out and upside down.  She emptied all the closets, rearranged and then put everything back.  She emptied all the drawers, rearranged and then put everything back.  She scrubbed, vacuumed, hung bedding on the line outside in [...]



Seniors: Are you Immune to Conspiracies?

Feb 17th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are one of those who grabs at every new and threatening conspiracy that comes along, maybe it is time to examine what is driving your point of view. They are a major market force in news shots and spots these days. Some, so called commentators, are making a fiercesome business of espousing, promoting and manhandling conspiracies to the benefit of their own motives: pocketbooks and ratings.

If our world is as bad off as some suggest, perhaps it is time to start packing, for what and to go where really doesn’t matter. We are caught in a web of going and getting no where so long as the fear and hate and stir it up crowd has anything to say. And, they seem to say a lot. Whether it is based on anything of substance or truth is another thing. Whether it leads to anywhere that offers a better place for us to be is mightily



Seniors Travel to Barcelona

Feb 17th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

While I have been to Spain and dearly loved everything my wife and I saw and did based on visits to World Heritage Sites, I have not visited Barcelona. Situated on the northeast coast of Spain not far from the French border, Barcelona has been inhabited since Roman times, when it was known as Barcino. [...]