Archive for December 2011

CARE CENTER RESIDENTS: VISIT AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN

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

For you seniors who have family or friends who are care center residents, or just enjoy the experience of showing compassion, visit them as often as you can. Make it a regular routine. Assist them in looking forward to your visits. Take them for a walk. If mobile enough, go out to lunch. Especially this time of year, give them extra attention, bring small gifts, share the spirit of the season.

These and a variety of other activities can make an otherwise ordinary day special and remarkable for an elderly person. Look for ways to bring joy to the dull passing of time many of them experience. Find other friends who may join you in such occasions. Take along favorite games. Bring a book. How about a bouquet from your garden?



SENIOR TRAVELERS CHOOSE HUNGARY

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

Moments in Magyar: Hungary Is Ready for Senior Visitors Why Hungary? Well, there are several reasons. I have an Hungarian friend so this blog will have special meaning to me as I seek to better understand what draws senior tourists to that country and what draws Ella back to her homeland at least once a [...]



WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR TIME?

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

The baking is just about done. Except for the turkey, everything else is finished. The house is spotless, awaiting the arrival of your guests, their families and selected friends. The last of the gifts have been wrapped and placed strategically beneath the tree.

Now what? Beside a last minute errand or two, a review of the guest rooms, one more swipe at the floors, what is there left to do? Here are some ideas:

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO RELAX. You and your guests will enjoy the holiday(s) more if you aren’t exhausted from making preparations.

MAKE A CUP OF HOT TEA



SENIORS VISIT BUFFALO, WYOMING

Dec 21st, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Buffalo, Outdoorsy Gem Attracts Seniors Buffalo, Wyoming is nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains and is conveniently located at the intersections of Interstates 25 and 90. Wyoming State Highway 16, on it’s way from Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone National Park, runs through Buffalo. The Cloud Peak Scenic Byway, between two of [...]



SENIORS VISIT AMARILLO, TEXAS

Dec 20th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Amarillo, Attraction for Old West Senior Enthusiasts From the many historical sites, museums, shopping districts, the western and outdoor activities and the sports and recreation scenes,  Amarillo is loaded with attractions that seniors find fun and exciting.  Amarillo is located in the center of the Texas Panhandle, a 26-county area that is bordered by New [...]



SENIORS: PREPARING TO SAY GOOD BYE

Dec 20th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The delivery of an oxygen tank, a walker and a hospital bed usually portends the coming of the end. It is often the sign of a battle well fought, but that energy and stamina are more and more depleted. The heart plays out. The disease takes control. The will to fight fades. The body has endured. And, now to make it day by day, certain aids and assistance are required.

Hospice, whether at home or in a specially equipped care center, is a word of comfort, but also of finality and sadness. It offers the presence of professional skills and sensitivities that have been honed to offer palliative care, necessary and appropriate measures to keep the dying loved one comfortable. It also gives support to family and friends who are going through the experience of imminent loss.



SOME NO-NOs FOR SENIOR WOMEN

Dec 19th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

From Fashion to Language At my 50th high school class reunion last June, a fellow-classman gave me and my sisters the penultimate compliment; he was introducing me as the featured speaker for the banquet, and he asked me what he should say about me.  I asked him what he remembered about me and my family; [...]



SENIORS: WHAT DO YOU WANT CHRISTMAS TO BE?

Dec 19th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Anticipating what Christmas will be like this year helps to set the bar by which it will be reached. Anticipating who and what and how this Christmas will be one to remember, will help it become so. This exercise, like many of the others we suggest now and then, is one which compels us to create the circumstances of a delicious holiday. So, what do you want your Christmas to look like? How do you want to share it? What will be the components to help it come together into a pattern of joy and satisfaction?

Here are a few provocative suggestions which may complement your own:

SHARING: an occasion for including in your own circle, through some means, a time to share with others. Others will include not only family, those nearest and dearest, but those beyond our immediate and intimate circle. It will involve taking the necessary time



SENIORS TRAVEL TO CANADIAN BADLANDS

Dec 19th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

The Canadian Badlands Welcomes Seniors The Canadian Badlands of Alberta is a unique travel and senior tourism destination in Canada’s “Wild West.” With scenic drives from several urban centers, the Canadian Badlands has unique coulee landscapes and hoodoo rock formations. The region is best known for rich deposits of fossils, including dinosaur bones, unearthed at [...]



NATIONAL CONVERSATION TO PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY

Dec 18th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Conversation Begins Now Senior citizens across the country are clear about Social Security:  Leave.  It.  Alone. We feel frustration, anger and fear over what Congress could do to the financial security that means so much in our personal lives.// A lot of us seniors live on less than $20k a year.  We cannot afford to [...]