Archive for August 2011


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

Dynamic South American Capital Invites Seniors Chile’s capital is a dynamic, modern city, inviting to seniors, where colonial mansions sit among soaring skyscrapers, folk art becomes fashion and Latin and European cultures intertwine. Santiago, also known as Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile. It is located in the country’s central [...]


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

If, by now, life is not filled with joy and satisfaction, there is something wrong with your formula. By now, post 70ish, most of us need to have reached a level of serenity and contentment that speaks well of the choices we have made. One of my cousins frequently says, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” He is pre 70, not retired, but definitely developing an attitude and point of view that is a joy for him, and to be around him.

Determining that your day to day existence can be happy and pleasant is a sure fire way to be in a frame of mind that allows for more good days than bad. Deciding that life is the result of working hard at developing relationships, keeping your cool, staying level and steady and enjoying your choices means the results will be full of a life of love, good fortune, companionships and friends that fill life with joy, respect for yourself and from others. You will discover that


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

Ultimate Experience for Seniors in Vegas Bellagio is the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  Senior travelers, make your luxury hotel reservations at the home of the famous dancing fountains, award-winning casino, fine art, hundreds and hundreds of gambling tables and total beauty in all directions inside and out.// Seniors, grant yourself the luxury of discovery time [...]

Senior Care Centers Require Close Scrutiny

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

Quality conditions and service vary significantly among Senior Care Centers. (Here we refer to Assisted Care, Memory Care, Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing facilities, etc.) Usually the satisfaction of the resident is directly associated with the quality and effectiveness of that care. And that is usually attached to the overall costs charged back to the resident.

Quality care, however, even in those top of the line centers cannot always be presumed. Most such centers, not all, are profit making. This, as in any enterprise, drives the cost to service ratio. In smaller communities, even mediocre care can be expensive. While some residents enjoy both subsidized care and/or long term care insurance, the costs usually are such that additional resources must be called upon.


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

Everglades National Park Attracts Many Seniors You don’t hike through Florida’s word-famous “River of Grass,” you canoe.  The 99-mile Wilderness Waterway Trail leads through mangrove swamps populated with dolphins, manatees, alligators and recently huge pet pythons. Although the park is open year-round, the best time for seniors to visit is November through March.  It’s huge [...]


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

It has already started and it won’t be long before the virtual tsunami of political advertising, one liners, manipulated interviews, bill boards and campaign signs will proliferate everywhere. The landscape will be littered, the commercials will multiply, the rage will begin, the promises will inundate, the public will be manipulated.

In an article the other day, I said I was giving up on politics. This is not a reversal. It is more of a continuing rationale as to why. Maybe you will agree or disagree. But, my belief is we have an awful lot of work to do to convince both the body politic, that’s us, and the politicians, that’s them, what the genuine needs, conditions, demands and givens are out here in the real world.

We may also disagree on some of those. But,


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

It is so easy to let life take over. It is so easy to give in to the moment when demands and agendas and frustrations seem to be guiding us in what we do with ourselves. It is so easy to overlook taking our time, making our moment count, letting the spirit invade, giving over to the calm and reflective.

What we need, at least once in a while, is a chance to surrender. What we need is an opportunity to permit our being to be guided by thoughts that have nothing to do with the bombardments of daily life and living. What we need, if we are to be invaded at all, is to be invaded by meditative calm, a placid letting go, an undisturbed season, when we are totally and completely at peace.


Aug 26th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Prevent First-Time Stroke The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have a new report that offers a list of things we senior citizens can do to try to prevent strokes.  These tips works for seniors of any age.// Keep blood pressure under 140/90. Eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in fruits, [...]


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

Seniors Discover Where the Sonoran Desert Meets the Sea Seniors living in Arizona or southern California, have undoubtedly heard of Rocky Point. I know it fairly well myself having traveled there ten times on church mission trips. During our visits, we provide food and clothing and on our last trip we installed electricity to a [...]


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

How do we respond to the conflicting messages of our spending, in order to help the economy, and not spending to protect our own pocketbook? This current horns of a dilemma seems to contradict our own common sense. ” When things get tough, the tough get going” so says a familiar quote. However, going where is the paramount question. What is the best and most helpful strategy for persons, like retirees, who generally live on fixed incomes, whose resources can be drained and whose security can be threatened?

The conflicting political ideologies suggest that spending is the time proven method for getting the economy on its feet or cutting spending (and doing what with the money?) is the most wise approach for creating frugality and diminishing government influence.