Archive for November 2011

SENIOR CITIZEN TRAVEL TO LAUCALA

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

Seniors Discover a Private Island Laucala is an outstanding private island in the magic cosmos of the Fijian Pacific Archipelago. In 1972, Malcolm Forbes bought this luscious green morsel as his private refuge; now its new owner, Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, has spared no expense to create a spectacular tropical hideaway for senior adventurers. [...]



THE SADNESS OF AN ELDERLY LOVED ONE LOST BEFORE DYING

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

There is an enormous loss when a loved one begins checking out before dying. The occasion is demonstrated in a variety of forms, over a period of time, but when it becomes evident to the observer, it is too late to ask those last lingering questions that are now locked behind those eyes and in that mind that no longer functions well. It is sad. It is painful. The recognition comes that what once was able to be shared so readily is now cocooned in a dark somewhere, impossible to plumb. If it is there, it is behind locked doors for which there is no key. Being able to say those remarkably precious words, “do you remember?” no longer applies. An end to one journey and the start of another has begun.

Paranoia, dementia, Alzheimer’s, other cognitive functions and inabilities begin to show their ugly face. They take the form of sheer forgetfulness of selected things at first, and then more generic, more and more. Anger and paranoia are



ON THE ROAD WITH MY SON

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

Tomorrow is a particularly remarkable day, a gift that comes by making the right choices, an opportunity that is a part of priority setting, an occasion to be cherished for the rest of my life. My son and I will be on our way to the west coast. He is my only child and one for whom life has helped me learn the treasure children have to offer.

I was an only child, now with only my mother remaining, I understand how others found it so helpful to have siblings. I didn’t have any. But I do have a son. His person is one of the greatest joys I have in life. His personality, while a whole world away in experience and understanding from my background, amazes and mystifies me. An artist, his intellect, his sensitivities, his insatiable curiosity amaze me. He is brilliant, sometimes to the point of utter and absolute wonderment. He is a lover, perhaps from another time. He expects relationships to be genuine, affection lasting and real, commitment serious



SENIORS VISIT BEST TOWNS IN AMERICA

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

Most Beautiful Town Finalists Rand McNally’s Best of the Road Rally recently revealed what the best small towns in America have to offer. If you’re looking for a scenic getaway or an all-American road trip, consider one of the Most Beautiful town finalists.// Coral Gables, Florida’s source of beauty lies in the local nature, architecture, [...]



SENIOR TRAVEL TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

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

Seniors Drop In On Charlottesville Why Charlottesville, seniors? Well to begin with Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated has named Charlottesville the Best Place to Live in America! The new publication rated over 400 cities in the United States and Canada in ten different categories, and found that the Charlottesville metropolitan area attained the top overall [...]



SENIOR CITIZEN JOURNAL: WHERE TEAMWORK IS KEY

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

Senior Citizen Journal is produced six days a week, excluding Saturdays, when most of our readers seem to be off doing whatever it is is retirees do on Saturdays. It is written, edited and produced by Doctors Sharon Shaw Elrod and Jerry D. Elrod. We have been married for 36 years. Our lives have been dedicated to professional responsibilities and positions over those years. Upon retirement our daughter, when asked by Sharon one day, what her suggestion would be to occupy “my” time and interests, replied: “Have him create a blog on the internet.” Thus, our collaborative enterprise was born.

That has been a few years ago now and we are extremely pleased with the results. Our international readership has become increasingly devoted and increases by the week. The formula for this has been the teamwork that goes into creating this daily presentation of articles, opinions, ideas, information and inspiration to help our readers become our “partners in



A REMINDER ABOUT MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT

Nov 27th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Open Enrollment Beginning and Ending Earlier This Year Just a reminder to our readers… Open Enrollment begins and ends earlier this year (2011).  And the ending date is coming up within 10 days.  If you want to make changes in your plan, you need to do so by December 7. The Medicare.gov site says this: [...]



BREAST CANCER QUESTIONS FOR SENIOR WOMEN

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

Strange Coincidences for Victims of Breast Cancer The incidence of breast cancer continues to be a major health concern for women of all ages, and particularly senior women.  We are concerned not only for ourselves, but for our daughters and grand-daughters.  And although men are not immune to breast cancer, their risk is considerably less [...]



FINANCIAL IMPACT OF SENIOR DOWNSIZING

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

Seniors Downsize for Financial Reasons A recent article in the AARP Bulletin sparked some discussion about senior citizen downsizing and why we choose to do so.  The usual reasons were highlighted in our conversations: desire to live more simply health and other issues prevent taking care of larger home and ‘stuff’ desire to travel without [...]



TURKEY BONE SOUP UPDATE

Nov 27th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Our Favorite Turkey Bone Soup SCJ wrote about Turkey Bone Soup last year, and a lot of you readers are looking at that recipe. It’s a favorite in our home… still.  We love the aroma in the house almost as much as we love to eat it.  I suggested to my husband this year that [...]