Archive for November 2011

JUST FOR SUNDAY: 11/27/2011

Nov 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The following is a selected list of THOUGHTS TO GET YOU THROUGH ALMOST ANY CRISIS. I have no idea of the source, its author or any history related to it. Chosen here are only some of suggested thoughts, rules perhaps, to live by. It also is good for a sense of humor.

If you ever find something you like, buy a lifetime supply because they will stop making it.


Nov 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

BLACK FRIDAY? Oh come on now! Is that anyway to designate a day that kicks off and leads the pep rally for Christmas shopping? How droll! How inappropriate! How insinuatingly absurd! Sounds a great deal like Dickens’ Scrooge at the beginning of the memorable Christmas classic, certainly not the one we meet at the end of the performance.

If it is to be black, then let it. But take your attitude elsewhere. There are enough curmudgeons out this time of year and until the very last hour when the shop doors are finally closed tight. There are 29 days now until that blessed celebration will occur. All kinds of promotions, hour manipulations for opening up and shutting down, percentages up to 90% off offered, tricks played, lay always offered, with hidden fees. In big box stores, there will be special deliveries ready to be made; in those stores that know temptation works, there will be samples of all kinds of goodies. If between now and then there is not sufficient time in those 29


Nov 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors lured to Pennsylvania Attractions More and more seniors are attracted to the Keystone State…Pennsylvania. Why?  There is just so much to do and see here… the destinations are almost endless. The state advertises that there are “mountains of attractions” that are hidden deep in the Pennsylvania Mountains. And of course you can always start […]


Nov 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Flock to the American Riviera Welcome to the “American Riviera“, seniors. Whatever your passion, there are always things to do and see in Santa Barbara, which combines big city culture with backwoods outdoor adventures all set off by a culinary tradition that puts its name and flavors on the lips of food and wine […]


Nov 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Today comes as a favorite holiday for many of us. There are only three major interruptions to its flow: the Macy’s Day parade, subtly kicking off the Christmas season, a huge, ginormous meal, and football. Much to the chagrin of some, as depicted so well in the movie “The Blind Side,” the Thanksgiving meal should not be interrupted by football. This is a day when, unlike so many others, everyone should gather at table, murmur a solicitous and generous prayer of thanksgiving, enjoy the presence of all gathered, and indulge until you can eat no more.

This is a time for good cooks to show off, best manners to be observed, thoughtful compliments given, and kind words said and shared by all. This is a time to be old fashioned. To allow for the sense of family to prevail. To embrace everyone around the table and remember those who are not. It is a time for hand holding and bussed cheeks, complete with lipstick on the cheek of the 8 and


Nov 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Anticipating the need for a plan to address some expectation, fulfill a need, take care of eventual circumstances occurs for us all. Insurance policies represent a plan for our lives, circumstances beyond our control, e.g. accidents, natural disasters, and so on. Some people build storm cellars, living as they do in storm prone areas. Having a plan is both smart and prudent. Expecting nothing to happen, that all will be well is likely a Pollyanna approach. Making preparations is a discipline required of most of us, no matter where we live or what our circumstances.

Having a plan, however, will not likely address all the possibilities. Many of us attempt to plan for the future. Sending our kids to college, required a plan. Anticipating the purchase of a new vehicle and being able to pay for it requires a plan. Heading off health issues, living in an environment which meets our needs, purchasing necessities, keeping our wardrobe in good shape and


Nov 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Historical Treasures Await Senior Travelers Seniors, if you are a history buff and have not yet been to Williamsburg, Virginia , you are missing one of America’s great treasures. Williamsburg is a vast historic area with scores of original buildings, hundreds of homes, shops, and public buildings all reconstructed  – most on their original foundations. […]


Nov 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Attracted to “The Heart of NY” Seniors, have you been to Syracuse NY?  I did not know where Syracuse was until I worked for Winnebago delivering their RVs all across the country.  A friend and I drove one to Syracuse and we enjoyed the city very much.  Syracuse derives its name from Siracusa, a […]


Nov 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It happens more than I would like to admit. That sudden lapse of memory when something, some name, some adddress, some piece of information I needed to remember is gone, disappeared, totally lost and forgotten. That happened the other day when three guests were joining my mom for lunch at her Living Care Center. It was her birthday and the arrangments had all been set in place, including a special ice cream cake, her favorite. We were gathered in a private dining room and served by the staff. It was a special, not to be ruined by anthing, occasion.

Upon escorting Mom’s guests inside from the parking lot, I suddenly lost the name of the person who had chauffeured the trio over from their Assisted Living facility. Before entering the building, I had to try to find a way to recover her name, one I know well, a person who is thoroughly a delight and with whom I have visited numerous times. It would not come.


Nov 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

For four years, Sharon and I were residents in a retirement community. We weren’t retired, but employed and lived there, as a requirement of our employment, in a provided home. An additional requirement was and remains that one of the members of the household had to be 55 years of age. No one younger, even if cared for because of health issues, unless a special stipulation is made and approved, may live in the houehold. There are no schools, playgrounds or other activity centers for children or youth. They are not allowed, except for short term visits at holidays or in the summer. Churches offer no Sunday schools, typically, for children and youth.

The entire purpose of a “retirement community” (whether it is an actual town or city, or a self-enclosed facility, is to offer free rein for the retiree to enjoy his/her/both of their lives in a setting that is focused on their needs,