Archive for October 2012

SENIOR TRAVEL TO BEAUFORT, NC

Oct 31st, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

…a Cool Small Town Beaufort North Carolina, population 4,039, was selected by  Budget Travel as a super small town for senior travelers to visit. They note that Beaufort has “Southern charm with a dash of salty seaside spirit.”  How about that?  Sound like someplace you’d like to see for yourself?  I would.// Check out these [...]



SENIORS: DIVIDED ATTENTION

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

There are so many calls for our attention today that there is little to do but divide it among all the options. The storm in the northeast surely is at the top of the list. Our affection, concern, and support for those who have been separated from a comfortable home and hearth must be our first response. Those whose circumstances were grave before the devastation sped through neighborhoods and corridors of a giant city, will find life even tougher. Small businesses will suffer the shock of having to find some way to rise again from the heap of debris and the horror of such damage and loss. Folk who are on salaries will find their work possibly threatened. Businesses of all kinds will go through a period of trying to rise from the mud and the waste left behind.

Meanwhile, we who watch from afar, will find



SENIOR TRAVEL TO STE. GENEVIEVE, MO

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

Senior Visitors Love Ste. Genevieve When senior citizens think of Colonial America, we generally think of the old parts of Boston,  lovely New England port towns such as Marblehead or Spanish colonial towns such as St. Augustine. America’s heartland has some colonial traces too. The best preserved and most distinct is the French colonial town [...]



CHANGES IN SOCIAL SECURITY FOR 2013

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

What Changes Can Seniors Expect? It’s that time of year when we seniors need to learn about the changes to our Social Security benefits for next year. What are they, and when will they take effect?  Here is a summary of the changes, and a link to the Social Security website where there is a [...]



IS THERE ENOUGH TIME?

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

About now, the clock is ticking a little too fast for those who are caught up in the outcome of the election. Time is both enemy and friend. Enemy to those who feel desperately unsettled about who and whether. Friend to those who are satisfied with their choice, have made it or will, and satisfied that all will be well.

Like all things affecting our common lives, this too, thankfully, will pass away. There has been quite enough slandering invective to last us beyond four years. While not new to the political experience, the lows to which candidates and campaign manipulators have sunk leaves us with a sour taste in our mouths. There is, for that reason, more than enough time left. How much more is the willing public willing



SENIOR CITIZENS VISIT RYE, NY

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

Rye, a Flavor Seniors Crave Rye, NY has a certain “flavor” to its name. Located in Westchester County, New York, with a population around 15,000,  it was selected by Budget Travel as one of the Nicest Small Cities in the country.  So, that’s enough to set  jeb off on a journey to see if senior [...]



ISSUES OF MOVING: CHANGING BANKS

Oct 28th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Tips for a Smooth Transition Following our recent move, we decided to switch banks. The one we had been using in Texas was a small local bank, and there was no good way to keep the accounts there and have access to banking needs beyond what we can do on the Internet. So the search [...]



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 10/28/12

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

All of the warnings and instructions for those who may be in the path of an impending storm are raised in order to protect and prepare the general public. For those not in the path or within several hundred miles of it, preparations will be less demanding. To ignore the severe implications of a large and somewhat unpredictable storm is to demonstrate a stubborn indifference to those who work diligently to keep us out of harm’s way.

The options are clear: make ready; follow instructions of forecasters; enable all in your family or care to be out of the way and far away from the approaching winds and water. While your home may suffer severe damage, having employed your energies in protecting your family and friends is a far more important and



FACTS AND RESOURCES: CAREGIVING AND CAREGIVERS

Oct 26th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Jerry and I are in a caregiving phase of our lives.  Prior to our recent move, we asked his 92 year-old mother to move and live with us.  She agreed with no hesitation.  We are now in the midst of learning how to be caregivers, with the assistance of Hospice of the Valley, and their [...]



SENIOR WOMEN AND BOOZE

Oct 26th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

What Drives Women to Drink? A recent social conversation led me to search for research online regarding women’s drinking habits.  The results were very interesting.  According to the University of Cincinnati, married women drink more.  A research team at that University conducted a study about drinking. and marriage. The results indicate • In each marital [...]