Archive for June 2012

INSURANCE COMPANY REBATES FOR SENIORS

Jun 30th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Rebates Coming to Consumers Thanks to the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), insurance companies who spend more than 20% of premiums on administration and profits are required to refund insured customers. This is just one of many benefits afforded citizens as a result of passage of the ACA.  The refunds are estimated by ConsumerUnion.com (the [...]



JUST THE FACTS: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Jun 30th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Let’s Stick With the Facts, Please Senior Citizen Journal has been supportive of the Affordable Care Act since its inception. In the wealthiest nation on earth, every citizen should have access to healthcare.  In order for the private insurance system to work, everyone has to participate–thus the ‘individual mandate’.  It just makes good sense socially [...]



SENIORS AND THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT

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

The Affordable Health Care Act is now law, affirmed constitutional by the Supreme Court. We aren’t sure how long it will be so, with the resistance provided by those who so vehemently oppose it. But, for now it is law. It is so because 5 of the Supreme Court Justices endorsed its major provisions. It is so because the Chief Justice joined those five. It is so because in the face of attempts to derail it, reason prevailed.

Illness and poor health may now have a chance at being defeated. In spite of those who would deny the opportunity of protection against the ravages of illness and poor health, there is now hope and encouragement. Compassionate care has prevailed.



SENIOR TRAVEL TO LAKE ERIE

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

Seniors Flock to Lake Erie Shores Lake Erie Shores and Islands is a well known area and draws nearly seven million visitors each year. From Cedar Point’s top-thrill coasters to more than 150 miles of unspoiled natural coastlines, a Lake Erie Shores & Islands vacation offers year-round fun and relaxation for seniors from all over [...]



SENIOR CITIZENS TRAVEL TO RHODES

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

Many Roads Lead to Rhodes A senior’s voyage around the world, sooner or later one will lead to Rhodes as there are many roads (and boats) that lead to Rhodes. Selecting a divine patron was serious business for an ancient city. Most Greek cities played it safe and chose a mainstream god or goddess, a [...]



MY LAST VACATION

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

The fear of taking a vacation has been sparked by the overwhelming fires in the West, the financial crunchdown in Europe, the floods in Florida and various other discouragements around the world. Perhaps, as a result, we have had our last vacation. Perhaps the traditional escape “from” is now too much of a risk by exploring an escaping “to.”

The horror of being on a beach or in the mountains where terrible tragedies are occurring doesn’t provide much appeal to try to get away this summer. Ordinary folk are finding that staying at home may offer little consolation. Evacuation, sudden and abrupt, is no way to spend a couple of weeks of a well deserved escape. Colorado is a nightmare for both those who reside there and travel there this year. For 18 years we owned a cabin which is in



SENIORS PREPARE FOR LONG FLIGHTS

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

Get Ready… Get Set… Now Go Fly! Experienced senior travelers have many tips and guides to help them have a successful flight free from stress or anxiety, especially those that may take several hours with an overseas destination. From my own personal experience I wish to share a few that I have experienced or have [...]



TESTING SENIORS’ APPETITE FOR POLITICS

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

With all the blatantly ugly shenanigans going on politically in every arena, do you seniors have little to no appetite for politics in these months leading up to November? The indifferent exclamation of “who cares” about seems to say it. There is so much rough shod treatment of the American public. There is little respect shown to the voter. There is almost no regard for those who elect those who disregard so readily. Is it going to make any real difference when the election season finally ends that we paid attention? If so the difference may be that matters only get worse, elected “officials” only more insensitive. There are a few left. To name one, Bernie Sanders, who still tries to stand up for the self interest of the American public. There aren’t many who demonstrate that statesmanship is still alive and well.



SOCIAL SECURITY PROPOSALS UNDER CONSIDERATION

Jun 26th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Social Security Changes Summarized Most senior citizens are aware that changes in our Social Security program are being considered.  But do we know what they are?  Probably not.  SCJ did a search on the Internet to find what is being suggested.  AARP provided the best description, including pros and cons of each proposal.  The list [...]



SENIOR TRAVEL – LA PERLE DE LA FRANCE

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

Seniors Discover Menton, la Perle As you drive all along the famed southern coast of France heading into Italy, you are bound to make your last French stop in a town called Menton. It is a coastal town and resort on the Cote d’Azur very close to the French border with Italy. The combination of [...]