Archive for July 2011

Positive Living for Longevity

Jul 31st, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Many of us senior women enjoy the spirit of happiness, and have done so most of our lives.  That spirit is what Johns Hopkins Health Alert calls the Power of Positive Psychology.  SCJ editors resonated with the message in this Health Alert, and wanted to both cite it and expand on the notion of living [...]



Social Security and Ponzi Schemes, a Comparison

Jul 31st, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

A friend sent me an interesting email that illustrates the Social Security Trust Fund issue well.  The author/originator of this information is not identified, so unfortunately, we cannot give appropriate credit.// The comparison is made between what Bernie Madoff did with his Ponzi scheming over the years, and how elected officials have handled the Social [...]



Senior Finance: When Should You Change Your Will?

Jul 31st, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Some of us make a will at some point in our lives, put it in a file or lock box, and forget about it.  Not a smart thing to do.// Wills need to be reviewed and may need to be changed when life circumstances change.  These include When you get married or re-married.  A will [...]



Breaking New Bad Habits, A Senior’s Challenge

Jul 29th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

New bad habits come upon seniors quite unexpectedly. Most of the time we are unaware of their presence. Some observant and trusted person may point them out. A check up at the physician’s may reveal them. A look in the mirror may suddenly create your a-ha moment:” I didn’t know I was doing that.”

There are all kinds of tics, behaviors, language, postures, long since practiced stances, words, phrases, offensive gestures, and so on that make their way into our repertoire. And, like termites at the foundation, they have gained entry without our welcome.

What should be welcomed is the careful, tactical and courteous reminder of someone we hold dear helping us to discover these intruders into our lives and personalities.



Seniors Visit Saint-Malo

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

Saint-Malo is a port city in Brittany in northwestern France on the English Channel.  Seniors will love it there as it is known that the population can increase to up to 200,000 in the summer tourist season. With the suburbs included, the population is about 135,000.  I have been there several times with student groups [...]



Debt Wars: Elephants vs Chickens

Jul 28th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

“‘All for one and one for all,’ said the elephant as he danced among the chickens.”

We do not know the originator of this incisive analysis (some suggest it may be Charles Dickens), but I can at least place it several generations beyond the well bred author. A dear colleague, author, activist, academician shared it in one of his many stimulating lectures a number of years back. He was a professor at a well known seminary at the time.

It seems to capsulize where we are now. Brinksmanship was a state of mind during the Cold War. It seems to have returned with a vengeance over the debt issues facing our nation. The chickens include the middle, lower middle, and lower classes of American society. The elephants well, if you don’t know by now, I presume you have had a long Rip Van Winkle nap.



Another Retirement City for Seniors: Bocas del Toro

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

So I told you that I’d be back with more spots where seniors would enjoy retirement.  We are now in Bocas del Toro, Panama.  With an indescribable and overwhelming natural beauty, added to the great combination of races and ethnicities living in harmony with indigenous Western Caribe peoples, Latino’s and extraneros, Bocas del Toro(rough translation [...]



Seniors and Sex: Counsel from an Expert

Jul 27th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

SCJ Senior Editor and CEO, Sharon Shaw Elrod, MSW, EdD, is Guest Editor for Senior Moments today.

During one of my professional incarnations about three decades ago, I enjoyed a practice in counseling and psychotherapy, specializing in sex education and therapy. I was an early pioneer in the field and helped bring sexual issues out of the closet in Omaha, Nebraska. Since retirement, I let my membership in The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists lapse. The certificates still hang on my wall in the library, mostly because my grandchildren love to show people ‘proof’ that Gammy was once a sex therapist.

So let’s talk about sex today. Sex and senior citizens, that is. Many of us seniors find a declining interest in sex as we age, and that’s



Seniors Retire in Lunigiana

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

I read recently where this location is a great one for seniors who wish to retire abroad. I found a couple of others that will follow in a later blog but first let’s investigate Lunigiana. Google found that Tuscany is everybody’s favorite travel destination, and Lunigiana is the part of Tuscany that’s undiscovered. How’s that [...]



Social Security and Medicare: Contact Your Elected Officials

Jul 26th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Last night, President Obama asked voters to contact our elected officials in Washington DC to let them know what we think about the shenanigans (our word, not his) going on there.  The SCJ Editorial Staff encourages you to contact them by email or telephone today.  The more they hear how strongly we feel about protecting [...]