Archive for March 2012

A LOOK AT THE BUFFETT RULE

Mar 31st, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

The Buffett Rule Explained SCJ has talked about this in the past, but now that there is a concerted effort to pass legislation about it, it’s time to look at the Buffett Rule again.// It’s really pretty simple.  Omaha billionaire, Warren Buffett, has been rather candid about the fact that his income tax rate is [...]



CHOCOLATE LOVERS WIN AGAIN!

Mar 31st, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

New Research on Chocolate I knew it would happen someday.  There just had to be a reason chocolate is so very good! And now research proves it.  The University of California, San Diego, research team has my enduring gratitude for the research published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine.// Here’s a little bit [...]



MEDICARE RESOURCES ON THE WEB

Mar 31st, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

More Medicare Resources Senior Citizen Journal remains committed to bring the best of Internet resources to our senior readers. We found another this week. // AARP recently published The Medicare Program: A Brief Overview. This seven-page document offers information in every area of the Medicare program that you might want to explore. Thanks to Megan [...]



SENIOR HEALTH AND OBAMACARE

Mar 31st, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

What’s the Problem?? The Supreme Court spent three days listening to arguments from attorneys representing 26 states who object to the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) this week. The news reports on television are getting repetitive and it’s a little hard to cut through all the hype about the issue.  So SCJ looked for information [...]



SENIOR CITIZENS TRAVEL TO CASPER

Mar 30th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

No Ghosts in Casper Casper, Wyoming has its own fame and Casper the Ghost is not one of them.  Nicknamed “The Oil City”, Casper has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to the development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field. Its first oil refinery was built in 1895, and [...]



SENIORS: THE HEARINGS HAVE ENDED, BUT THE ISSUE HASN’T

Mar 30th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

While the three days of arguments before the Supreme Court have ended, the issue is still with us and will likely be until June and beyond.

For most seniors invested in the outcome, it will likely be an anxious time. This refers to those whose health care hangs in the balance. Those, who have little discretion in seeing their ability to be cared for threatened, will likely sit on pins and needles. Those whose prescription needs are cared for by Medicare, although perhaps staying in place, will be fearful of what could, might happen.

For many this is a big circus, played under the



SENIORS: ARE WE GOING TO BE OKAY?

Mar 29th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With Medicare and Social Security hanging in the balance, are seniors going to be okay? It appears that the answer to this is both unclear and indefinite. Those who march in support of Medicare and the Obama Plan seem to feel that it is critical to keep these programs in place. Those who oppose, seem to fear the so called “socialist implications” of state controlled and managed health systems. On the one hand there is concern over long term care needs of the many. On the other, there is paranoia and suspicion guiding their fear.

Frankly, having been the beneficiary of Medicare for several years now, the benefits of that in our retirement have been enormous and useful. Today, I am recovering from a corneal transplant, done only this week. Medicare will assist in meeting the cost. Our supplemental policy has been a lifesaver both for medical and prescription needs. Referrals have always



SENIORS TRAVEL TO WALLA WALLA

Mar 29th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Looking for a very friendly city seniors? Well, Randy McNally and USA Today agree that Walla Walla is where you want to go. Must really be exceptional, huh?  So let’s check out some of its qualities and its people. Known for its wine, Walla Walla, Washington was named the friendliest town by contestants who also [...]



SENIORS: A QUEST FOR DECENCY

Mar 28th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Before the curtain falls on Act 1 of the political drama through which we are still passing, can we possibly hope for Act 11, in which there may be some decency afforded by the producers, the actors, the audiences?

Must we continue to be flooded with obscenities, poorly written scripts, incompetent performers, little applause for exceptional productions? Can there not be a few critics to emerge with accolades for what we are offered coming from the stages on which these actors (politicians) perform?

Is it too much to ask that decency prevail? Is it too much to expect that ideals prevail over threats and fear tactics? Is it too much to expect that statesman (woman)-like characters may emerge worthy of an Oscar or better a Medal of Honor?



SENIOR TRAVEL TO TALLAHASSEE

Mar 28th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Things to See and Do in Tallahassee Yours truly does not know much about Tallahassee, Florida except that a friend ended up on the staff at Florida State University. I knew that Tallahassee was the capital of Florida but many senior citizens probably do not know that Tallahassee became the capital of Florida, then the [...]