Archive for June 2012

SENIOR TIPS TO QUELL WORRY

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

Worry is one of the most insidious of enemies to confront Seniors. Usually, as most older persons have learned, it does little to address any issue and only makes matters worse for the older worrier. Prodded by some imaginary concern, the elder adult finds that ruminating over the matter ties one up in knots. What can be done to keep from becoming too absorbed by worry?

Here are some simple tips for seniors to manage worrying:

Change the subject. Whatever you seem to be worrying about, decide right away to move away from thinking about it and allowing it time and attention in your daily routine.



SENIOR TRAVEL TO SPRINGFIELD, MO

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

So, Seniors, Have you visited Springfield? In all likelihood, you have.  Springfield is a famously common place-name in the English-speaking world, especially in the US.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey there are currently 34 Springfields in 25 states including at least four in Wisconsin; additionally, there are at least 36 Springfield Townships, including 11 [...]



PROSTATE CANCER: APPROACHING THE 5 YEAR MARK

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

November, 2012, will mark the fifth anniversary of my prostate cancer diagnosis and surgery. Anticipating positive results on the PSA lab work, that means my chances for long-term survival jump to high levels. Some might suggest, with their accolades and huzzahs, that that is major good news. Indeed it is. But with it comes side affects that don’t give you back all the pleasures of life you once enjoyed.

Recognizing what those affects are and learning to live with them, limitations and all, marks settling into a changed life style. When the surgeon told me that my biopsy showed my prostate cancer a 9 on the Gleason scale, that, he insisted, gave reason enough for radical surgical removal. In his language, he “wanted to put his hands on it.” He assured me that he would do all possible to avoid complications and would work to leave me without



FRAUD AGAINST SENIORS GROWING

Jun 24th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Elder Abuse Includes Fraud Elder fraud is not a new way for con artists to steal money from senior citizens. But the means by which the thieves get entrance to homes of seniors is more sophisticated now.  It is based in technology.  Seniors who are more likely to be amenable to invitations to ‘invest’ their [...]



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 06/24/12

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

The lazy and dog days of summer are definitely here. Seniors are among those with the greatest need for preparations to stay cool. Weather forecasters are touting triple digit temperatures and the need to stay hydrated. Records are about to be broken and hot weather demands seniors to take caution in keeping cool and warding off discomfort. In spite of our measures, the hot weather will have its way.

Smart seniors will take all the necessary precautions, where possible. Afraid of the high cost of utilities some will err too much on the side of keeping it too hot inside your home. Staying inside, drinking lots of water and keeping the shades drawn are simple but helpful steps to take. These are good days to use common sense and maintain a reasonable temperature in your home.



2012 LIST OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WITH PESTICIDES

Jun 23rd, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Pesticides Toxic to Fruits and Vegetables Senior citizens have read about pesticides and herbicides in food for years now.  We know buying organic products is a better option, and many of us have changed our shopping habits to include organic fruits and veggies when we can find them. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a [...]



SENIORS BUY ‘MADE IN THE USA’

Jun 23rd, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women, Senior Finances

Start Reading Labels! Senior citizens need to start reading labels, if you aren’t already doing so.  The Diane Sawyer (ABC News) special last year opened the eyes of many seniors about products that are made in the USA. One of the experts who chimed in to the discussion said if we all spent just $3.33 [...]



SENIOR CHOICES: SPENDING YOUR TRAVEL TIME AND MONEY

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

Senior Citizen Journal travel editor, Jim Becker, does such a first class job offering travel and exploratory adventures. His world wide knowledge and personal experience at leading tours, traveling abroad, and teaching all have enabled well informed articles for exciting travel options. He guides you through stimulating places to go, marvelous sites to see and ways to cut overhead while doing so.

We recommend Jim as a resource, which many of you have already discovered. We also invite you to share his knowledge and experience with others who are looking for exotic adventures. Jim, you might be surprised, is my brother-in-law. I hold him in high respect and envy his ability to make a choice and follow through with wise planning for memorable trips. He and his youngest daughter are in the process of planning their next trip. What



SENIOR CITIZEN TRAVEL TO RALEIGH, NC

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

Seniors Visit Raleigh, NC Raleigh, North Carolina spills over with excitement and attractions that make it one of America’s leading cities. It is the capital and the second largest city in the state and is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees. Seniors can stroll along the tree-lined streets of a [...]



SENIORS TRAVEL TO MONTANA

Jun 21st, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Love Old Montana and Bigfork Nestled between two mountains, on the lush and rolling banks of Swan Lake, in northwest Montana, the private community of Kootenai is poised to become one of the most exclusive residential enclaves in the west. Just forty-two luxurious cabin homes—some historically significant, others brand new, all of them exquisite—will [...]