Archive for March 2011

Top Ten Suggestions for Senior Travelers

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

Summer time has arrived and many of us are preparing our holidays. That is probably the reason you are visiting a travel website: to find a destination where you can relax, relieve some stress, and continue to enjoy being a senior citizen! To come to your assistance, here you will find a list of the most [...]



World’s Best Cities for Senior Travelers

Mar 23rd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I have discovered a list of the world’s best cities to live in. Some of the various factors taken into account include economy, quality of life, recreation opportunities, ease of traveling in the region, etc.  These are NOT according to ranking but just the cities.  The GaWc  global city (also called world city or sometimes alpha city [...]



Seniors: Security in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF)

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

A recent episode of theft in an Assisted Care Facility,known to the editors, raises the question of how residents protect their valuables, cash, jewelery and other assets that they may have brought with them when moving in.

The particular facility in question does not offer a means for safe keeping of valuables. It is left up to the resident.

One of the biggest problems in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and retirement centers is theft. Has been so for years. Which suggests a continuing problem has not been effectively addressed.

As always, SCJ has some suggestions:



Senior Travel to Easter Island

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

Seniors, how does a trip to Easter Island sound for Easter?  Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian triangle. A special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888, Easter Island is famous for its [...]



Seniors: Disabling Enabling Behaviors

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

Within one’s own family or close network of friends there may be what is ordinarily labled as enabling behavior. This means that your behavior may be enabling someone within the family to behave in unproductive or destructive ways. It may take some prompting, on your own part, before you become aware of your own contributions to the negatives going on in the life of another and how you are participating in that.

The enabler usually believes he/she is doing the best thing for the other. It can be simple things like agreeing when you genuinely disagree, or big things like providing alcoholic beverages to a raging alcoholic out of control. What in fact is happening is the enabler is trying to avoid something unpleasant like conflict or guilty feelings. The enabler’s behavior is a misguided attempt to skirt around whatever it is he/she cannot face.



SOCIAL SECURITY AIN’T BROKE: JUST THE FACTS, PLEASE

Mar 21st, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Tell your friends.  Tell your family.  Tell your children and grandchildren, your neighbors, strangers on the street…  SOCIAL SECURITY AIN’T BROKE!  It doesn’t need fixing.  It doesn’t need to be changed.  It works.  Period.// Let’s talk about FACTS again… The Social Security Trust Fund cannot borrow money.   Because the Trust Fund cannot borrow money, it [...]



Seniors: Preparing for Looming Disasters

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

The frequency of recent international disasters suggests the need for preparation. Preparation, however, does not equate with panic. There are sources of information which promulgate all forms of hysteria and a false sense of overreacting. There is no gain in this kind of response, it only adds the dimension of unresonable and irrational behavior and actions. Thoughtful planning is a better alternative, and I recommend it.

In many cases, such as crises as in Japan, the ability of seniors from other countries to respond with any ability to be helpful is limited to donations to legitimate caring agencies, e.g. the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, United Methodist Committee on Relief, and other sectarian organizations that have been vetted and proven credible. Be sure to make your contribution when and where you are able.



Seniors Travel to Maine

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

Maine is the only state that touches on only one other state.  It is “way up north” and there are many reasons to visit Maine. Maine offers a stellar destination for you and your loved ones to visit during the fall months when the trees are in their full seasonal colors, and other times of year [...]



Another look at AARP New York Life Term Insurance for Seniors

Mar 20th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Since 1994, New York Life Insurance Company has been the sole underwriter for AARP’s Term Life Insurance.   A new agreement a couple of years ago confirmed the contract through 2011.  More than one million AARP members have NYL Term Life Insurance through AARP.  The Tampa office of NYL (where policies are written) increased from 25 employees in 1994 [...]



For Senior Women: Dangerous Skin Care Chemicals

Mar 20th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

When a senior woman launches a mission, watch out!  Well dear friends, I’m launching a mission.  It’s about dangerous (or potentially dangerous) chemicals we put on our skin and into our bodies.  The first one in this series of articles is about parabens. Parabens are chemicals that are added to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals as a [...]