Archive for June 2011

Guest Editorial: Hospice, I Know Someone Who Went There

Jun 26th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Editor’s Note: SCJ invites Guest Articles and Editorials from time to time.  This is one contributed by Dave Shaw, a cousin of one of the Senior Editor’s.  Dave writes a weekly blog with a spiritual bent and is devoting his time and talents to others in retirement.  Giving back is just one way seniors can [...]



#7–DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA–More Harmful Products

Jun 24th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

We all like that creamy, sudsy feeling we experience when we step in the shower and apply the body wash or cleanser we use.  The more our shampoos suds-up, the better it feels!  Well, Senior Friends, that sudsy stuff is diethanolamine.  And that chemical is both a health and environmental hazard.  The David Suzuki Foundation [...]



Seniors Look at Healthier Food and Personal Care

Jun 24th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

SCJ Editors recently made a decision to switch to organic food… that is, fruits, vegetables and meat.  It wasn’t an easy task because they live in a rural area at least 100 miles from stores that routinely stock organic food.  The impetus for making the change was the increasing news highlighting the dangers of pesticides [...]



The Pain of Disaster Recovery for Seniors

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

How do you start over, when your life now lies in shambles, and everything you were is gone? That is the scene in towns and villages across America this spring. That is the quandary. In some places, where the disaster is still fresh and recovery is dreadfully slow, the scars just don’t seem to heal over.

In Joplin, Tuscaloosa, most recently Greer, Arizona, and the flooded homes and farms along the Mississippi, the crops, lost to this season, and who knows how many more, the wetlands in Louisiana, the loss of the fishing industry along the coast, the flooding yet to come from snow melt, the thousands who still await some encouragement, some sign, some help, some hope… what about all of these?

How do I share my deep down care for those who are still stacking sand bags, clearing away debris, searching for just one keepsake?



Senior Citizens Visit Bruges

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

Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country. Due to all the canals, it is known as the Venice of the North and these make Bruges one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It [...]



Seniors Visit the Turkish Riviera

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

The Turkish Riviera (also known popularly as the Turquoise Coast) is a term used to define an area of southwest Turkey encompassing Antalya, Muğla and to a lesser extent the provinces of Aydın, southern İzmir and western Mersin. The combination of a favorable climate, warm sea, more than a thousand kilometers of shoreline along the [...]



Seniors: Friends, People who Matter

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

Identifying the people who matter as we age is no mean task. Depending upon where you choose to live, a lot of investment will be put into meeting new people, developing new acquaintances, enjoying new friends. If you live in a retirement community, having a plethora of activities which create a steady stream of persons to enjoy is a very productive way to keep interpersonal relationships rich and numerous. Research suggests it may also contribute to longevity and healthier living.

Remaining in one’s previous residence presents something more of a challenge. We moved back to my hometown after a 40 year hiatus. Having departed my senior year in high school, it is obvious there would be many no longer around. However, it was also surprising to see how many had moved on. Many would have made their own choice to move elsewhere, meaning that some you might have liked to have revisited would not be there for the opportunity.



Senior Travel to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

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

What a thrill ,seniors, to take in Machu Pichu and Lake Titcaca in one trip.  But while you are in Peru, why not?  You can embark on a tour to Old Peak, a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 7,970 ft above sea level.  Machu Picchu was unknown to the Spanish invaders and was only rediscovered [...]



Seniors: Productive Aging, the Source for Staying Young

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

Like you, we are seniors who spend part of our discretionary time each day sorting out what it is we need to know. Senior Citizen Journal has been our means for helping us to identify the kinds of things important to us as we go through the transitions that come with aging and retirement. Oh, that retirement and all it symbolizes were easy. Oh, that it were an adjustment that came automatically, without struggle and difficulty. Clearly, for most of us, it is none of these.

In an effort to come to some understanding about our own aging process and retirement in such a way that we can have some solemnity and peace of mind about ourselves, we chose to create Senior Citizen Journal. Many of you have visited and choose to visit us with frequency. You are what keeps us going. Income from our generating the content of this site is small, thus not a way for us to earn large sums of money to help us through that maze of retirement. More, it is a way to identify and reflect on the kinds of subjects that are fairly



Seniors Travel to Anchorage

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

I have a senior friend who lives in Alaska,  Anchorage in fact.  It seems to be a super place to live… she has been there since our high school days together in a small town in Iowa.  She could not imagine living anywhere else, except maybe Mesa, Arizona where she now spends her winters.  Me [...]