Archive for April 2012

UNSTRUCTURED RETIREMENT FOR SENIORS

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

Some, when retiring, make their choices on an availability of structured activity and a lot of it. There are numerous retirement communities who market their entire program on a multitude of available things to do. One even downplays its homes, although quite upscale, just because there are so many other things to keep you involved and occupied.

For persons who crave connection and contact such locations are just the ticket. They usually come complete with several golf courses, recreation centers, clubs of every type and variety, organizations, hobbies, and so on. One does not lack for something to do every day of every season.



SENIORS: TIMING YOUR LAST MOVE

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

Time comes when seniors give consideration to the last move. Your retirement home, no matter how desirable, is just too large. The escalating costs for keeping it up and meeting its maintenance obligations continue to proliferate. Family, for whom it was built in part for their occasional visits, don’t come around much. So, why is it we hang on to where we are, a house full of a life time of collections, furniture, objects ‘d art, ad infinitum? Last week alone, the hot water heater and washer both went wanting for the so called “lonely repair man”

The indictments seem to pile up regularly. The time to go to court and face the “music,” is drawing ever nigh. Mixed metaphors perhaps, but the truth is there somewhere.



SENIORS TRAVEL TO NORWAY

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

Senior Cruise Destination, Tromso (Norway) Think that Nordic capitals are all about weeks spent indoors in front of space heaters popping vitamin D supplements to stave off seasonal affective disorder? Think again. Northern Norway is a winter (and fall, and summer, and spring) senior wonderland, and nowhere is better for experiencing the Call of the [...]



SENIORS: THE NEW ANTIQUES

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

For those seniors who have been chronic collectors, get ready for the new wave of “collectible” items. Many of the newer antiques, now making their way on the market, were all the rage just short years back. Now, they are eligible for the trash bin. Some may find charm in hanging on to them, but not likely for long. An example: The Walkman.

Among them, may be like struggling over whether to keep that favorite Royal Typewriter, electric by the way. But the PC is now at the top of the list of obsolete, undesirable things to have or keep or certainly not to purchase. I will likely be among the last to let my large screen, large print PC go. It will be one of the 21st century shifts I really didn’t expect. But, why not? Nothing lasts for long anymore.



SENIORS USE SEARCH ENGINE FOR TRAVEL PLANNING

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

Internet Aids Senior Travelers BING is another good search engine like GOOGLE or YAHOO.  I use it often. Recently BING has come up with a website that focuses on travel.  Seniors will enjoy the one-stop site that has hotel deals, vacation packages under $500 (those are darn hard to find), slide shows, travel articles, last [...]



SENIORS TRAVEL TO POUGHKEEPSIE

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

Where, Oh Where, is Poughkeepsie? I have always been intrigued by names.  Cities in particular as they all have a history.  Poughkeepsie is no exception. Poughkeepsie serves as the county seat of Dutchess County and is located in the Hudson River Valley midway between New York City and Albany. That’s probably way more information that [...]



SENIORS: SO WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR THE EARTH?

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

This past weekend marked Earth Day, April 21. The week marks a time reminding us to take seriously our abode, this magnificent planet that gives us the luxury of a beautiful home, a world full of wonder and sustaining gifts of nourishment and beauty. What shall we be about to keep it healthy, to nurture its presence, to contribute to its vitality?

It seems too easy to take our world lightly. It seems that disregard of all its multitude of wondrous gifts is so easily done.

Awakening every day to a creation that offers such plenty and encourages our participation in keeping it healthy ought to give us the nudge to be alert to our role and responsibility for this place. Yet, we trifle with it. We take it for granted. We



WOMEN PURSUE EDUCATIONAL DREAMS

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Education Limited for Women Women over 55 and considered to be in the ‘senior citizen’ generation were caught in a limiting educational experience when we graduated from high school. Social expectations were strong and heavily influenced our lives.  There were four options for us when we completed high school:// get married go to secretarial school [...]



THE REAL COST OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

The national conversation, sponsored by AARP, on the future of Social Security and Medicare posts a comment daily on their Facebook page.  You’ve Earned a Say asks senior citizens to respond to a few questions and then add comments about their Social Security and Medicare concerns.  One of the comments from Wisconsin said this, “Do [...]



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 4/22/12

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It may seem presumptuous to expect that seniors will seek us out every week, sometimes several times a week, and particularly on Sunday. Yet, we keep writing and you keep reading. What a wonderful combination. You do your part and we try doing ours.

Obviously we don’t command huge audiences, mostly modest and slightly curious about what we have to say. If we hit the big time, with hordes of visitors every day, we would likely be taken aback. It might be nice to see what that would be like.

We have, however, grown quite happy with our devoted readers who, day in and out, keep coming back. You come from everywhere across the planet. Your interests are as varied as your geography. You make what we do fun.