Archive for January 2012

UNUSUAL AND ADVERTURESOME TRAVEL FOR SENIORS

Jan 27th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Love Travel Excitement Intrepid (real-life experiences) has created a New Year’s Resolution to deliver some of the most exciting travel experiences for seniors to date.  Here are some I think you might be interested in considering:// Off the beaten track For travelers with a yearning to get off the beaten track, Intrepid opens up [...]



SENIORS: THINGS TO DO BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

Jan 26th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Retirement, for many, begins almost like a romance. Infatuated with its desirability and what seems like limitless options, one is hard pressed to narrow down the priorities and tempted to do it all at once. That is impossible, of course. Thus, one is confronted with having to sort out what the realistic options are for your retirement, and to act on them with some kind of practical timeline.

Getting caught in the trap of “cookie cutter” choices, many commit themselves to limiting their options early on. Settling in somewhere is the first consideration that brings with it multiplied implications. If you stay where you are, there are predictable advantages; if you relocate, you automatically impose numerous new obligations and time consuming demands on that choice; if you do the motor-home thing, you are constantly free to go where you wish, but bound to always looking toward the next



THIS ‘N THAT: TRAVEL ADVICE FOR SENIORS

Jan 26th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Travel Advice for Senior Travelers Now and then I come across items of interest for senior travelers that simply do not fit into one category.  Recently I bookmarked several that I wish to share that I feel may be of interest to you.  They are not in any order of importance.// Tours and Cruises for [...]



SENIORS: EXPECTING A MIRACLE

Jan 25th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The next eleven months are likely to produce more consternation than satisfaction. Expecting a miracle is likely a vain endeavor. America’s political and social climates have been reduced almost to ashes. The fury looms large, as it seeks to decimate those who are declared candidates. One by one the lustre of their shine dulls and the promise of their leadership dims. Can anyone withstand the furious anger and the dynamite charges to reputation and background?

While hope springs eternal and some are forever optimistic, some of that is fed by machinations and manipulations that would shame even the most naive. Can we expect anything good to emerge from so much that is bad? If America is so committed to the principle of “In God we Trust,” who among those who claim God’s inspiration can be trusted? Is there any demonstration of truth and integrity that can be unearthed?



SENIORS VISIT THE CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Jan 25th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Cuyahoga Valley One of my daughters recently came back from Ohio and was raving about the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. So I figured that I just had to investigate for myself and to pass on “the word” to seniors who might enjoy a visit. I found out that the name Cuyahoga is the Indian word [...]



SENIORS: COPING WITH LIMITATIONS

Jan 24th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste are all essential to our daily existence. There are no guarantees that they will always and forever function well as we grow older. When various conditions develop which alter the sharpness of any of these senses, we are met with a sudden and dramatic realizations of how critically important and vital each of them is.

A recent diagnosis of macular degeneration has offered both a surprise and an adjustment I was not quite ready to make. Over the past year, however, I had become aware, since receiving my last correction in my eye glasses, that I was having difficulty making out signs at a distance and recognizing people across a room. These were obviously symptoms that were bothersome and telling. Indeed they were. For when I went to two physicians to get independent opinions, I was met with the same verdict. Increasingly, computer work, reading chiron on television, making out images at a distance have all become more of a challenge.



SENIORS TRAVEL THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Jan 24th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Discover the Amazing AT My wife suggested that I write a blog on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, perhaps the most famous hiking trail in the world.  We have friends whose son Darrin hiked the entire trail.  He told us that he woke up one morning in his sleeping bag and there, just inches [...]



SENIORS: WHEN IT’S TIME TO QUIT DRIVING

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The prospect of losing your driver’s license looms large as certain of our faculties begin to slow. It is not a prospect most of us face with candid and resolute willingness. Many fight against it, to the bitter end. Many refuse to allow the realities of declining sharpness to be acknowledged. It will come and it will insist upon its own way.

Some of the issues that meet us with their frank openness and literal demand are easy to observe: Limited mobility for getting into and out of a vehicle, ability to park within necessary lines, managing the knobs and controls of your vehicle, visual recognition of warning lights and other read outs in your car, seeing behind you when backing up, clarity of vision for reading signs, recognizing stop lights, warning lights, crosswalks, etc., exiting your car with necessary brakes applied, shutting off certain instruments, being sure the car is in the proper gear, dealing with distractions while driving, e.g. conversations, etc.



SENIORS JOURNEY TO PERTH

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

It’s a long long way to Tipperary, but… Seniors, it’s even further to Perth.  Perth, Australia is on the westernmost coast of the country and has become a major senior citizen tourist attraction.  Many of us have never heard of Perth while Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and are cities that make the news. Perth is [...]



CARBONATED SODA DRINKS UPDATE

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Many Risks of Drinking Soda Most Americans have known for a long time that drinking soda isn’t a good idea.  It’s probably not good for our health, but finding conclusive evidence has been challenging… until now.  A review of recent scientific research reveals the following:// Carbonated (sucrose sweetened soft drinks) beverages lead to dramatic increases [...]