Archive for July 2012

SENIOR MOMENTS: WHEN IT’S OKAY TO FORGET

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

Ordinary forgetfulness is not a disease. It is just what it says, ordinary. Becoming disgruntled over a temporary loss of memory is an unnecessary fret. Most of us, as we age, have a tendency to some forgetfulness. We misplace an item, we can’t bring up the right word, a name eludes us. All of these are quite predictable and do seem to increase in frequency as we grow older.

However, the tendency is not indicative of our coming down with something.

Lost keys, a misplaced wallet, a forgotten address don’t suggest a need for a major cat scan or full fledged examination. It may just be an indication of misplaced priorities, in which the simple every day



SENIOR TRAVEL TO MEXICO

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

Safe Travel in Mexico I have been to Mexico several times and loved each trip.  There are so many places that are safe, have a plethora of things to see and do and stand out from the rest of the other major cities in the country such as Mexico City. Many are along the water’s [...]



PREFERRED SENIOR BEHAVIOR: GENTLENESS

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

It shouldn’t be a complicated thing to define and create a goal of being gentle in life’s actions and interactions as we age. Preferred behavior for seniors, having been through as much as we have by social security age, should be a fairly achievable accomplishment.

Mellow, serene, gentle behavior all are contributors to better health, less anxiety, more peaceful and tranquil life experiences. These are the elements of discovering how to live out a life in which the reward for defining such behaviors leads to a healthier lifestyle.

How you choose to define these behaviors, to manifest them in your day to day living, is a personal



SENIOR TRAVEL: KNOW ABOUT UNUSUAL LAWS

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

Read Up on Unusual Laws You risk hefty fines – even jail time – if you accidentally break one of these rules in another place on our planet, so read on seniors. Bite your tongue and… Seniors, you had better bite your tongue when you visit Middleboro, Mass. Recently residents voted in a town meeting [...]



WRITE YOUR OWN OBITUARY

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

Your Obituary: One Item on your Prepare for Death List Seniors are increasingly able to begin to think about their own death.  Making plans and preparations is easier when we recognize our mortality and begin to think about what needs to be done to avoid leaving behind a catastrophe that our loved ones will have [...]



SENIORS: DECISIONS AND CHOICES

Jul 22nd, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Making Choices is the Key Senior citizens living on fixed incomes have the key to happiness in retirement in their hands.  They just may not know it.  Happiness is all about making choices. We choose to be happy, or we choose something else.  Retired or not, life is really quite simple.  Consider this… Alice is [...]



SENIORS LIVE ON $100 A DAY

Jul 22nd, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Frugal Lifestyle and Low Cost Living Senior citizens are always looking for ways to reduce costs and live within what their fixed income will allow.  An article addressing this concern recently caught our eye.  Ten cities are identified as providing retirement living at $100 a day. The article tells how they determined the ten best: [...]



REASONABLE CHANGES TO MEDICARE

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

How Should Medicare Be Changed? There is a lot of discussion across the country about how Medicare should be changed. Many who are not yet Medicare beneficiaries suggest changes that would radically and negatively affect the quality of health care many seniors enjoy.   AARP has been conducting a national conversation on Medicare (and Social Security [...]



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 7/22/12

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

Editor’s Note 07.23.2012: This post is normally replaced with a new one on Monday morning. However, it has received such accolades that we are leaving it up another day. Please consider sharing it with family and friends.

Our mortality and awareness of how near it is came strikingly upon us this weekend. We have been nudged, nay pushed, into a full fledged awareness of how fragile all of life really is. Someone makes a choice, an evil, menacing choice and others’ lives are literally devastated and ruined. Little to be done, at that moment but flee and hope and hide. Some were fortunate, figuratively speaking. For they will never



SIX THINGS TO SURRENDER AS WE AGE

Jul 20th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Here are six things to surrender as we age:

NUMBER One: “A negative attitude and an off putting manner.” Sustaining this kind of disposition is a sure fire way to be off-putting of others. Wonder why people avoid you? Check your attitude quotient. A sour disposition is a sign of a deeply dissatisfied person, with anxieties and angers that need to be addressed and eliminated. Carrying them on, as a badge of honor, is a sure way to alienate the presence and pleasance of others in your daily encounters.

NUMBER Two : “An ‘I’m right, you’re wrong’ stance on most every subject. Wait a minute, you just took up some of my time to tell you what really is going on.” Barging in, expressing vociferously a position on almost any subject is another of the down putting behaviors that leaves others uncomfortable in your presence.