Archive for May 2011

Seniors: Enjoy Your Grandchildren While You Can

May 26th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This week, our grandson graduated from high school. It is a dramatic and amazing experience for grandparents. While we celebrate their accomplishments and life’s moving on, we are aware that there will be a lot of “no mores.” No more serendipities because they want be around. No more last minute going to the movies or checking out the mall. No more.

There will be some, but fewer. They are now on a different road, with more certain destinations and desires for getting there. They will continue to love us, but they will relate differently and with more maturity. Damn! Growing up has its pluses, but it is also a little sad.

Celebrate everything you can with your grandchildren, no matter how simple or innane. Just be there with them when the



Seniors: Drive at Your Own Risk

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

Lunch companions the other day included my ninety-one year old mother and another resident of the assisted living facility where they both live. Among the conversation topics was one that is very dear to the hearts of most seniors. Driving. Clearly, the new resident is still holding out for the privilege. My mother has long since surrendered the task or the desire. Her issues are serious enough that it is matter of safety that she not drive, for her sake and others.

The reason the other woman at our table wants to continue driving is to be able to travel a relatively short distance from the facility to her home every day to feed her cat. You got it. The cat is now at home alone and must be fed daily. The pet owner is obviously devoted to her cat, but may not be so aware of the implications involved.

Driving is one of the most serious and most fiercely defended acts of independence there is for older



Travel Resources for Senior Citizens

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

Travel Leisure has an Explorer Guide for seniors that can help you with the plethora of choices available.  There you can Explore the World by simply selecting the “Request Catalog” checkbox next to each company you’d like to receive free information from. Then enter your contact information in the form provided at the bottom of the [...]



Seniors: When Good Friends Die

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

It seems always a shock to learn of the death, particularly sudden death, of a good friend. That happened awhile back. It took me quite off guard. Only four years my senior, I had always looked upon him as a model, a mentor, a good and wholesome human being. He was quick witted, warm, a hale fellow well met.

He had served in elective office for twelve years. When he left that post, he was all done with politics. But, had he chosen, he would have been easily elected again. He was trustworthy, cared for his constituency and was a gentle man.

A farmer, just out of high school a year, it would become his role to follow in his father’s footsteps upon his death. He has a lovely spouse, a dear well respected brother and a successful son. His death was sudden and those who learned of it must



World’s End: This Just Can’t Be

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

Some are preparing, packing and preaching toward the world’s end today,Saturday, May 21. No matter the pronouncements of doom and those who follow such, we say “this just can’t be.” There are very practical and convincing reasons that it won’t happen. For those of you whose distress ratio increases when met with disagreement, we are so sorry. But, after all, when you review our list of reasons that this just can’t happen, you will understand the major inconvenience and interruption this will cause in so many plans that are being made for that day.

Reasons “this just can’t happen:” First of all, do you have any idea how many weddings are planned for that significant and special day. Invitations have been sent, caterers engaged, ministers prepped, bridesmaids and groomsmen scrubbed and tux-ed, the reception and band arranged for, debt increased, parents anxious, grandparents en route. My, this just can’t happen.



Senior Travel to Lake Como, Italy

May 20th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Lake Como, Lago di Como in Italian, is Italy’s most popular lake and also its deepest. The lake has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces. Popular with senior visitors for well [...]



Seniors: The Plague of Elder Abuse

May 20th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A news report out of Florida indicates that elder abuse there is reaching epidemic proportions. Not only there, but other states as well seem to be turning a blind eye to insensitive and lack of care issues leading to injury and death in elder care facilities.

We have reported on this before and aroused the executives of at least one assisted care facility, who became quite defensive. That neither excuses nor explains behaviors on part of staffs and administration who avoid dealing with the needs and care-taking responsibility with which they are entrusted.

Persons in assisted care facilities are there for one major reason: they need assistance in caring for themselves. If they



Seniors Travel to Toronto

May 19th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I went to Toronto, Canada, many years ago with a church group camping out.  I was impressed with cleanliness of the city, the modern baseball/football park and the well-known CN Tower. Having been a coach in four sports, I found that sports in Toronto has a long and distinguished history and is presently home to the Blue [...]



Seniors: Daily Routines and What They Say About Us

May 19th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Our daily routine reveals a lot about us. Confessing to some habits and behaviors that I really would like to change suggests dissatisfaction with how my life is structured. It is easy to get into a proverbial rut. It is difficult to extract yourself from that rut. Requiring evaluation and some heavy lifting, it means that you are ready to rearrange the furniture in your day to day living.

For example, most of us, as we age, seem to seek out comfort and more inactivity than activity. We gravitate to those things that are less demanding physically and requiring of less demand upon our bodies, even our minds, and often our spirits. We are satisfied to be not so much lazy as inert.



Seniors: Being Pushed to Make Choices

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

Social Security and Medicare, if you believe some pundits and politicians, is in deep and serious trouble. The cacophony of voices and cries to reduce health care and support by way of social security rises with the tide of political discourse. It is a frightening moment for those who count on these benefits, “entitlements.” It is agonizing for those who are nearing the age when they would or will or might.

This is a scary moment for a society. Unemployment figures indicate that hordes of people are not able any longer to bring home a living wage for themselves and their families. The growth of the national debt has spiraled into the trillions. The costs of running this country become more expensive by the quadrennium. The loss of industry and manufacturing has left a major hole in the health of our national productivity.