Archive for September 2011


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

If you are into vampires, lots of violence, automobile explosions, inane humor, animated film, drug trafficking plots, dysfunctional families then you can find almost anything in these genres to watch on television these days and nights.

Recently in an effort to have the availability of more options, we subscribed to more movie channels. Alas, the only thing we got was a wider selection of the above. Same stuff, just more of it.

The good news is that such limited and limiting entertainment options only drives us to read more. Kindle to the rescue. Finding ways to be productively involved and not “entertain-ted,” a new word I use here to label tv stuff, is no challenge if you widen your options. Kindle


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

One Senior Hid in Santa Monica 15 Years Recently the FBI tracked down and arrested a man who had been on their Most Wanted list since 1999. He was living in Santa Monica with his mistress.  James “Whitey” Bulger had slipped through the throngs of the feds for 15 years.  He was living in Santa [...]


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

Looking for Good News in Bad Times is illustrated well in a quote from Loren Eisely’s “Singers of Life.”

“When I awoke I was dimly aware of some commotion and outcry in the clearing. The light was slanting down through the pines in such a way that the glade was lit like some vast cathedral. I could see the dust motes of wood pollen in the long shaft of light…and there on the extended branch of a dead tree sat an enormous raven with a red and squirming baby bird in its beak. The sound that awoke me was the outraged cries of the baby bird’s parents. They flew helplessly in circles about the clearing. The sleek monster of a raven was indifferent to them. He gulped, swallowed the little bird, whetted his beak on the branch for a moment and then sat still.

Up to that point the little tragedy had followed the usual pattern. But suddenly, out of all that area of woodland, a soft sound of


Sep 23rd, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself Avoiding drug reactions is necessary for senior citizens to protect themselves and their good health.  Patricia Barry writes for AARP regularly, and offers seniors a lot of good advice about health issues.  In the September, 2011, AARP Bulletin, she has an excellent article on The Side Effects of [...]


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

Seniors Drink Champagne in Champagne We have all heard of Champagne, but seniors, how well do you know the region where this famous bubbly is produced?  I have had the good fortune to serve as a group leader on several Food & Wine tours in France programs for seniors and on one of my trips [...]


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

Progressive issues related to care needs prompt comparing the four cares available to seniors as their health issues require. If you are past 70, you likely have already had to consider one or the other or more of the four cares: assisted, skilled nursing, memory, or hospice.

Most of us, with aging parents have had to go through acquainting ourselves with beyond home care services. Eventually signs indicate the need for more attentive care for persons previously able to live alone and get along quite well.

It is the better part of wisdom to have anticipated this likelihood, to have done necessary homework, cooperatively, and to be ready for that visit to the physician when the recommendation is given for identifying the care need of choice.


Sep 22nd, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Open Enrollment Dates Change for 2012 Every year there is an Open Enrollment Period in which Medicare beneficiaries can switch to a different plan.  If you want to change your Medicare coverage for 2012, you need to be aware the enrollment period has changed.  Instead of November 15 to December 31, this year the Medicare [...]


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

With autumn upon us, we have begun our annual visual journey to locate the gold and red among the changing leaves on our land. We have already seen a proliferation of brown and yellow, prompted primarily by the severe drought in Texas. The trees, varieties of oak, sweetgum, dogwood have attempted these last several weeks to protect themselves. Leaves have been falling, earlier than usual. We still await the splotches of gold and red that add such color and beauty to the fall season.

On the Sunday before the first day of Autumn, the sound of rain on our metal roof was a welcome to the parched earth. The rain, while not abundant, was enough to create encouragement and the satisfaction that the trees and shrubbery were bowing in wonder at its coming.


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

Seniors Look for Autumn Beauty “There is nothing anywhere that smells like, looks like, feels like a New England autumn,” says marketing executive Janie Hoffman of Travel + Leisure, who’s partial to Providence, RI. “The chill that comes in as the sun goes down, that glow when the sun hits the yellow, red, and orange [...]


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

This question popped up in our search box the other day. Often, with no more than a few words to go on, we are met with second guessing what the query is seeking. Here goes:

Seniors are important because of their long accumulated knowledge, experience, and wisdom.

Seniors are important because, if given the opportunity, they have much to teach us.

Seniors are important because they can be helpful in our applying lessons of life, e.g. self esteem, self respect, self discipline.

Seniors are important because they offer a great deal of satisfaction and joy to be around them.