Archive for April 2012

TOXIN-FREE HOMES

Apr 30th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

A Home Free of Toxins Senior women are conscientious about cleaning their homes with the least amount of toxins.  There are a lot of products out now that offer toxin-free cleaning products and supplies.  As well, natural and organic food offers seniors opportunity for reducing the toxin-load going into our bodies.// The following suggestions may [...]



SENIORS TOUR NORTHERN FRANCE

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

Seniors Swing Through Northeast France Tucked into the northeast corner of France, this is one of the most densely populated and industrial areas in the country and the site of many of the most notorious battlefields of WWI. The region is made up of three separate areas – Flanders, Artois and Picardy (Picardie).// These three [...]



THE THREAT OF SIDE EFFECTS ON SENIORS

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

Drug side effects can be common with seniors. They come, often because a well intentioned physician believes that the particular medication will address a peculiar medical need. This happened not long ago when a patient was prescribed a med that was supposed to offer relief and control of behaviors related to dementia and Alzheimer’s symptoms.

She went bazooka, off the wall, antagonistic. It was not a pleasant moment for her, her caretakers, her family or any one caught in the experience. The lesson, both for physicians and caretakers, move cautiously toward agreeing to the use of a prescription which may have very troubling reactions. If unusual behaviors ensue, be ready to discontinue the med as quickly as possible. Listen to the patient and caretakers. Be aware of behaviors that are unusual and threatening.



SOCIAL SECURITY 2012 TRUST FUND REPORT

Apr 29th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Trust Fund Report for FY2011 Released The Board of Trustees of the Social Security Fund released its annual trust fund report last week. The entire report can be read here.  // SCJ summarizes the highlights here: “The projected point at which the combined Trust Funds will be exhausted comes in 2033 – three years sooner [...]



TAX REFUND: TIPS FOR WHAT TO DO WITH IT

Apr 29th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Tax Refunds Sent Soon Those senior citizens who will be getting an income tax refund, federal and/or state, may be wondering what they might do with the money. You’ve already received your completed income tax return from your financial adviser a few days before the filing deadline, and the refund was automatically deposited into your [...]



BABY BOOMERS CHOOSE RETIREMENT NICHE COMMUNITIES

Apr 29th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

BBs Redefine Retirement We senior citizens have been told for several years now that Baby Boomers will redefine retirement.  They have redefined almost everything else they lived through.  Why not include retirement?  BBs are those folk born after WWII, beginning about 1946 and ending about 1965.// Baby Boomers are the generation that wants to live [...]



JUST FOR SUDAY: 4/29/12

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

Originally published in March 1998, this article was authored by Mary Ficklen who was a free lance writer. To the best I can conjure, it appeared in a paper in Dallas, Texas. She, at the time, lived near Desdemona.

“Old Dr. Snodgrass did not learn my name. I was the last of the baby Browns he delivered.

Among old family papers was his note to A.C. Brown for a “girl delivered, 1885′ and a “boy delivered, 1888, $5 each.

He delivered my father, and my father insisted that he deliver his first child, me. My mother was still angry about that when I carried my first child.



SENIORS VISIT GREAT BARRINGTON

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

Great Barrington is #1 Town, Seniors, Let’s Check It Out Smithsonian Magazine released its picks for the 20 best small towns in America in the May issue, with Great Barrington (GB), Mass. and Taos, N.M., topping the list. The survey of towns of populations less than 25,000 sought to find those that offered “what might [...]



BOOMERS BEWARE: HEALTH ISSUES, LONG TERM CARE, ASSISTED LIVING

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

Looming out there ahead of Baby Boomers are several very big issues that will come to occupy your time, attention, resources and patience. If your DNA is similar to many these days, your parents, at least one of them, will live into their 90′s and perhaps beyond. Read the obits and you will find more and more persons whose age is clocked in the 90′s when they die. And, often, it is the upper 90′s.

This is not to decry the joy of having your parents live a long life. It is to say that with their doing so come demands you may not have expected. Those demands come in the shape of caretaking, costs, and intentional decisions that will enable them and you to be prepared and buttressed with backup plans.



SENIOR TRAVEL TO LICHTENSTEIN

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

Tiny Lichtenstein–Big Senior Draw I have been to small countries like Monaco and Andorra but never to Lichtenstein.  I discovered that it is the sixth smallest country in the world.  Any idea what the smallest one is? (see above) Senior visitors who come back from Liechtenstein say that …”If there is a paradise on the [...]