Archive for March 2012

SENIORS: WHAT IF HEALTH CARE INSURANCE GOES AWAY?

Mar 27th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The majority of those surveyed seem to continue to oppose the Affordable Health Care Act, Obama’s health care plan, but those who are adamantly in opposition are working all the angles to remove it from the American landscape. One may ask, “what happens if it goes away?”

Perhaps you have researched the issues and decided what your position is. Perhaps not. My guess is depending upon your economic conditions, whether you are employed or not, your political persuasion, your suspicions or lack of them will have contributed to where you come out.

Your health, or lack of it, may have a major influence on how you feel about the plan. If you have undergone any or a variety of



SENIOR CITIZEN TRAVEL TO RAPID CITY

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

Seniors Unpack in Rapid City Rapid City is the Gateway to the inter-mountain west and was founded 1876 by a group of disheartened prospectors who had come to the Black Hills in search of gold. The city was named for the limestone spring stream that passes through the city and originates high in the Black [...]



GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESSFUL SENIOR LIVING #1

Mar 26th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Old Toltec Knowledge Valuable for Seniors A favorite author of several SCJ editors is Don Miguel Ruiz, a physician/surgeon turned Shaman.  One of his books, The Four Agreements, is the subject of this article for seniors.  Ruiz believes we can contribute largely to our health and healing by living the Four Agreements. Wikipedia says this [...]



SENIOR TRAVEL TO GUERNSEY AND JERSEY

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

Guernsey and Jersey, Stepping Stone Gems of the Channel Jersey? Isn’t that a breed of a cow? It sure is, and it is also a channel island. And Guernsey? That’s another island. Both islands are often referred to as “stepping stones” as senior visitors make their way to Europe.// The island of Jersey is the [...]



SENIORS: ANTICIPATE THE POSITIVE

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

Scheduled for surgery next week, one is prone to wonder: “What’s next?” None of us, as we age is immune from the possibilities that confront us as we age. Visiting with a long time acquaintance the other evening, now in her 90′s, I learned she has been through a rough time over the past year. She is not the type to dwell on her limitations or physical down turns. She is the type to report what’s going on, briefly, and to move on to other more provocative subjects, the likes of which have kept her vital and intriguing as she has celebrated her birthdays.

Of course, it is not great fun to be plagued with one or another physical set backs. Come they do and will. Our choices remain. How we decide to manage them, deal with them, and stay in charge remains our challenge. It is so refreshing to experience someone who has clearly chosen to be undeterred by what might be a brooding kind of existence. There are countless



JUST FOR SUNDAY, 3/25/12

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

The following represents some good advice, shared with me some time ago. While some of the counsel is more humorous than others, each bit of advice seems to carry a modicum of insight and advice. Choose what is useful. Discard the rest. Author unknown.

The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: “I apologize” and “You are right.”

When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it is still warm.



MEDICARE AND OBAMACARE COVERAGE

Mar 24th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Health Care Insurance Vital for Seniors Roosevelt gets the credit for Social Security, LBJ for Medicare, and now President Obama is credited with being the President when national health insurance was finally enacted.  Although Obamacare is intended to be a pejorative word, it just might turn into a positive label for a very successful and [...]



SENIORS VISIT GLENWOOD SPRINGS

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

Wanna have some senior fun? Last year, Glenwood Springs, Colorado was rated the Most Fun City by Rand McNally, the publishing house that produces the popular road map to America. So let’s check Glenwood Springs out to see why folks are having fun out there.  A recent tourist wrote “Glenwood Springs is a wonderful place. [...]



SENIORS: A VISIT FROM THE KIDS

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

One of the satisfactions of aging is welcoming the kids home for a visit or a short stay. Their coming always represents a sacrifice for them. Making arrangements at work, taking care of details while they are away and slipping in the expenses related to the trip. Their message is “we want and need to see you.” And, of course, we are always delighted, excited and pleased with their choice.

Reunions do not have to be big occasions, marked by special dates. They can be simple, occurring over a few days. They can be intimate, special and marked only by that peculiar need to be together as family. There is such a unique and remarkable sensation about their coming home. Preparations, no matter how much or few, are done to add to the sense of welcome. Meals, going out for dinner, talking relaxing walks, talking over life’s involvements and experiences, just being together consume the time too quickly.



SENIORS ENJOY AMERICAN EXPRESS VACATION PACKAGES

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

American Express Vacations Entice Seniors American Express is continually offering Express Vacations that seniors find exciting. Presently Sand and Sun, Iberostar Special Offers, Last Minute Travel and City Escapes are at the top of their listing.  American Express Vacations has created exclusive benefits, extra amenities and valuable packages especially designed for you. Explore all the [...]