Archive for March 2011

Senior Travel to Isla Mujeres

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

MSNBC finds that ISLA MUJERES, a tiny island off the Yucatán Peninsula, blends the soul of Mexico with the beaches of the Caribbean. This is a hammock-swinging lifestyle, peppered with Mayan legends. I’ve been there. Seniors will find the friendly island atmosphere perfect for a relaxing vacation with friends or loved ones. One can easily [...]



Seniors: Interruptions in Retirement

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

Inevitably for most of us, there are unexpected, certainly unwanted, interruptions in our retirement years. We had an email just this morning which bore the news that one of our young nephews is in ICU with a rare condition. Such news brings with the sudden reality of our frailties, that of ourselves and others.
- The continuing climb in prices, certainly the impact on budgets of gasoline escalations, influences all our budgets, no matter that it comes to those necessities which help us enjoy our daily lives. We may not have accounted for such dramatic hits on our budgets. But, here is the reality, like it or not, gas and everything influenced by gas prices is rising in cost.
- Family disruptions, a divorce, a death, any sudden change brnigs with it its own consequences in our own life patterns. They are never planned, seldom anticipated, except in those who undergo long term terminal illness, and they abruptly shake our lives, much like the tsunami and earthquake of Japan.



More Bucket List Suggestions for Senior Travelers

Mar 30th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

A growing number of Americans of all ages are renewing their resolve to live life to its fullest. I have met a few travelers who have visited over 100 countries (there are a total of 192) and I am always totally impressed with their wandering around the globe. Each possesses a wanderlust that most of [...]



Seniors: Creating Warmth and Welcome In Your Home

Mar 30th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The past year has brought a large variety of visitors to our home. We have been host to realtors and their clients making tours of our home in anticipation of a possible purchase. We were honored to care for my cousin who was here for a full month, during his recovery from cancer surgery. During that time, more than 100 locas friends called on him, offereing their support and care.

Many of those who were in our home commented on its warmth and welcome feeling as they made their way through the house. The house has personality and personality encourages persons wishing to see it all.

Lighting, placement of items which contribute to warmth, e.g. books, collectables, antique conversation pieces



Senior Travel Bucket List

Mar 29th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Most of us who have visited the Smithsonian in DC have nothing but respect for the Institution. It my mind it is a “must visit” for all Americans. Now the Smithsonian’s highly diversified staff has come up with a “Bucket List” of “life lists”—itineraries of things to do and places to go before taking the [...]



Seniors: Disconnected for 48 Hours

Mar 29th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We transferred our computer equipment from Arizona to Texas last week.  In the process, including the weekend, we discovered we were not successful in making connection to SCJ.  Thus, no new articles for 48 hours.  It is much like a winter storm when the electricity goes down or the water lines freeze.  Life’s modern necessities [...]



Elderly Paranoia, Part 2

Mar 28th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Paranoia is common in elderly and aging loved ones.  Fear is common as well.  This is the second in a series about paranoia and fear, and how to distinguish between the two.  The first article talked about what paranoia and fear are. This article helps us understand how we figure out whether someone is thinking irrationally or realistically about [...]



Senior Travel to Patagonia

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

Well seniors… ready for a really long trip south?  I mean way way south to the tip of Argentina. The Argentine part of the area is Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. Patagonia: a word that transports the reader to a magic, fascinating territory. As vast as it is unknown, it is conjured up in [...]



Seniors: Mortality’s Reminders

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

It was” deja vu all over again,” to quote one of the immortals, Yogi Berra. With the passing of Elizabeth Taylor the other day, the drama of our own lives seems to be replayed. Remembering her and her movies, a ritual that engages us with all celebrities, pulls at our heart strings, sentiments, and awareness of the passage of time. Can it be we have lost another one with whom we shared life, if only on the screen?

Every year around December 31, the roll call is repeated of the ones we knew and now have faded from the scenes of our own lives. And, every time, we mourn their passing, for it is, albeit, a recognition of our own imminent demise. It is said that Liz, a name she deplored, outlived her obituary writer, as did Bob Hope. Perhaps all of us would like to do that. But, for most of us, our’s hasn’t been composed yet.



Seniors: Facing the Big Questions

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

When Baby Boomers turn 50, you are eligible to join AARP. In addition, that hallmark birthday needs to bring to the front burner a host of questions and the will to search out their answers. Ignoring the questions will not assist your ability to cope with them, when eventually you will be required to deal with them.

Here they are. Write them down. Save this article. Keep ahead of the curve.