Archive for September 2011

SENIORS: SUPPORT ELDERLY PARENTS

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

Usually twice a day now, morning and afternoon, we have established the pattern of contacting my 91, almost 92, year old Mom. We go in to town with considerable frequency to check on her and spend a little time with her. Her health, energy, balance and cognitive issues seem to be more and more compromised. As pointed out in a recent article, her situation is not imminent, in terms of dying, but it is necessary we stay alert.

More and more of us are facing the need to be aware of our elderly parents’ welfare. They are living longer and facing more and more challenges as they do so. Assisted Living facilities offer care for those who have some remaining independence. Skilled Nursing is ordinarily the next step, when fewer abilities enable one to take care of themselves quite so well. Every phase is a challenge. Depending on the issues involved with your loved one, more and more attention is demanded as their issues of care needs increase.



SENIORS VISIT BAMBERG, GERMANY

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

Seniors, Go With Me To Bavaria! Bamberg is a city in Bavaria, Germany. It is located in Upper Franconia on the river Regnitz, close to its confluence with the river Main. Seniors, did you know that Bamberg is one of the few cities in Germany that was not destroyed by World War II bombings?  A [...]



SENIORS GET LOST IN VENICE!

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

A Sanctuary on a Lagoon Awaits Senior Citizens Venice really needs no introduction.  It is a city in northern Italy known both for tourism and for industry, and is the capital of the region Veneto, with a population of about 270,660. It is known as the City of Water and the City of Bridges and [...]



OUR SENIOR FRIENDS: CAN YOU RECOMMEND US?

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

Many of you are frequent visitors to Senior Citizen Journal. Created out of a desire to offer what we hope is stimulating fare for seniors, we started this venture several years ago. Since then, our traffic has welcomed many from all over the world. It is certainly a stimulating experience for us to know that we visit with people from many diverse cultures, languages and countries.

Much of what we deal with has a slant to the senior citizen, the retiree, the person with discretionary time on his/her hands. That’s who we are. And so, we try to create conversations of subjects and interest that appeals to others somewhat like us. Hopefully, we achieve that and are worthy of your choosing us as a place to visit on a regular basis.



SENIORS ENJOY TRAVEL TO DETROIT

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

Seniors Enjoy The Motor City Known as the world’s traditional automotive center, Detroit is synonymous with the American automobile industry.  It is also an important source of popular music legacies celebrated by the city’s two familiar nicknames, the Motor City and Motown. The Detroit International Riverfront encompasses a multitude of parks, restaurants, retail shops, skyscrapers, [...]



RETIREMENT PLEASURES: WATCHING THE DEER GRAZE

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

Every morning now, several deer graze in our side lawn, just outside the windows of our library where SeniorCitizenJournal is composed. It becomes our joy to watch as they idly search for what morsels they can find. Our two dogs haven’t spotted them, so they go about their wanderings unperturbed.

Up the hill from us, there are even more. It is a bit further from the roadway, with less traffic and more wide open space. Sometimes there are as many as 30 or more feeding on what there is.

The peacefulness of the experience reminds one of how many don’t get to enjoy the quiet wonders of nature, get caught up in their day of rush and hurry and lose out on the chance to experience reminders of how beautifully peaceful a morning can really be.



MUSHROOM AND ROASTED GARLIC RICE SOUP

Sep 27th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

What to do With Mushrooms? I pick up my bi-weekly delivery of organic produce today at our local co-op.  The email a couple of days ago included shiitake mushrooms on the list of items we will get today.  What do you do with mushrooms?  Shiitake or any other kind?// So I started my search online, [...]



NATIONAL DEBT ISSUE SHOULD INCLUDE FINANCIAL SPECULATION TAX

Sep 27th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Tax Wall Street is Part of the Solution An op ed online caught our attention this week.  Dean Baker writes for NationofChange.com and he asked a reasonable question, “Why don’t the deficit hawks want to tax Wall Street?”// He points out that ‘shared sacrifice’ is preached by people from all corners, but somehow sacrifice for [...]



‘VISUAL STEPS’ FOR SENIORS LEARNING TO USE COMPUTERS

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

SCJ recently received an invitation to review a book, Internet and E-mail for SENIORS with Windows 7, For senior citizens who want to start using the Internet. What a magnificent resource for those of us who grew up on manual typewriters!

Visual Steps is “…dedicated to helping individuals over the age of 50 participate in the cyber-age. Visual Steps develops practical and accessible computer handbooks, user guides and other instructional materials for the older person.” The concept underlying these resources for seniors is based on the special needs and requirements of the mature individual.

Take a closer look at some of the features of the Visual Steps Concept. Each product:



SENIORS VISIT SALEM, MA

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

Colorful, Coastal City Attracts Seniors Salem goes a long ways back historically. Since 1626, when Roger Conant arrived with the first settlers, Salem, Massachusetts has been attracting senior visitors from all points of the compass. Many come to visit and some decide to stay and make Salem their home.  This colorful, coastal city has much [...]