Archive for May 2011

Seniors Enjoy the Hebrides

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

This looks like another “once in a lifetime bucket list” to me, seniors.  On the edge of Europe is a striking mix of landscapes from windswept golden sands to harsh, heather-backed mountains and peat bogs. An elemental beauty pervades each of the more than two hundred islands that make up the archipelago, the Hebrides, only [...]



Seniors: First and Only Conglomerate of Everything

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

With all the buyouts, leverages, bids, business consolidations going on, do you suppose that one day there could be, as an example, The First and Only Bank of America? Might there be the First and Only Fast Food Outlet everywhere? Could there be the First and Only Merchandise Store for any item you desired? Or, the First and Only Medical Center in Everytown? How about the First and Only Church, Mosque, Synagogue or Temple? What about the First and Only Gas Station? No more competition, no more different rules, methods to remember. Just one way to do everything. Just one brand to meet every need. No more multiple flavors, No more having to shop and compare.

Eventually, with all the mergers couldn’t this nightmarish scenario be a possibility? Isn’t it possible that we could all march to the same tune? Not because of socialist government, but because of socialist business. One level playing field. Or, well maybe



Seniors: Dealing with Distractions and Distortions

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

Enabling yourself to avoid the influence of distractions and distortions means being alert enough to know what they are and to identify effective means for stamping them out of your own daily life. Frankly, distractions and distortions are designed to keep us from being up to speed on the real issues and concerns which have major influence in our lives. If we are invested in keeping up with the innane and stupid, we will spend less of our time and attention knowing what is really going on.

The reason National Enquirer or other pulp magazines sell so well at the grocery check out is that it distracts you while waiting to pay your bill. Perhaps, you will drop a copy in your cart, pick up some candy or gum or other assorted useless items, thus justifying why so much of that stuff is within easy reach, just before you are checked out.



Seniors Find World’s Friendliest Countries

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

They say you can never go home again–and you may not want to after relocating to Canada, Bermuda or South Africa. These are the countries where it’s easiest to befriend locals, learn the language, fit into the new culture and integrate into the community, according to respondents to HSBC Bank International’s Expat Explorer survey, the [...]



Medicare Smoke and Mirrors

May 29th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

The Wall Street Journal’s lead article on May 26, 2011, is called, “Medicare Takes Spotlight“. The article is a response to the Democratic victory in a traditionally Republican New York Congressional district.  (D) Kathy Hochul defeated (R) Jane Corwin, who held fast to the position that Medicare should be radically changed and privatized.  But the article [...]



Seniors Review Ten Largest Lakes

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

The world’s twenty largest lakes are not necessarily the most famous nor the most legendary.  Only one of the ten below is among the ten largest and and that one has always been a favorite of mine…Lake Baikal the ‘Pearl of Siberia’ or the ‘Sacred Sea’, is referred to as “Ye glorious sea, ye sacred [...]



Seniors: Humbling Experiences As We Age

May 27th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Having little to no control over circumstances in one’s life is a very humbling experience. It is also insulting and denigrating. Arriving at an age when having achieved some maturity, that maturity is challenged, leaves us with a sense of reduced importance. Many of us have had positions which allowed us respect and dignity. As age takes over, some of that is surrendered to stereotypes and slurs. But, more than that aging allows us to understand how growing older creates the necessity for humility.

If you have been one of those caught in the deadly spring tornado rampage, you are aware of your inability to control Mother Nature. Storm shelter installations are on the rise. Discovering what you can do to increase the odds for survival is a very wise and humbling experience. You are admitting that it takes more than your wits to outwit disaster.



Senior Travel to Reunion

May 27th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Small world that it is, I was giving a tour at a site where I work and I detected an accent in a family that was there.  When I learned that they were from Réunion, I started speaking French with them.  Smaller world even yet… the daughter lived in Paris about three blocks from where [...]



With Apologies to our Senior Journal Readers

May 26th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A major glitch, or whatever it is called, took down our website, Senior Citizen Journal, for a few days.  It was totally beyond our control, and very humbling, see upcoming article: Humbling Experiences.  However, we are now back up and thank our faithful readers for your patience and willingness to return upon our resumption.  Please [...]



Senior Travel to Andorra

May 26th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

So why would anyone want to write a senior’s travel blog on Andorra?  Well, I can speak from experience… I crashed a motor scooter coming down off the Pyrenees into France after having spent a day in Andorra.  It had taken my friend Jack and me at least five hours just to climb to Andorra [...]