Archive for December 2012

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS, 2012

Dec 25th, 2012 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Cultural chaos in the name of Jeshua’s birth. Deep soulful tears arise as I annually participate in the chaos, too.

What are we teaching our children and those in less fortunate places on this planet earth?

That physical possessions are the greatest gifts and give to us validation in our lives.

Deepest sighs for where we are.
We MUST change.



A HOLIDAY RESPITE

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

Senior Citizen Journal is choosing to take a holiday respite during the next few days. Most are inundated with their own appropriate distractions. Some of us take time to check on the Internet, but to little avail. There are some items worth reviewing, some not, many can wait. I expect SCJ comes in the latter category.

Agendas are influenced by our most immediate needs and desires. Right now, rightly so, it is with the people who mean most to you, if you are fortunate enough to have family close by. Nothing wrong with that.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 12/23/12

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

Things won’t unfold as usual this holiday season. For seniors and those of us whose orientation to keep abreast of goings on, we are aware of the huge shift in the national mood over the past number of days.

To assume that things can shift back to some kind of normalcy is to be blinded to the dynamics that have affected and consumed us all. Businesses and every other facet of daily life has been broadly and specifically targeted with the need for reflection, introspection and dissection of what is moving abroad in our land.



SENIORS’ POST HOLIDAY SYNDROME

Dec 21st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Following on the holidays, given extra longevity because of its falling on a Monday, Seniors have the usual honor of extended free time. It is either further enjoyed because of the delayed departure of dear ones or it is just a couple of additional days to revel in the enjoyment of reflection, composure, the joy of silence and relaxation.

However you choose to imbibe in the gift of the holiday season when it is your choice and luxury to develop an exclusively personal use of its time, let it be so you are the recipient of its reward. But, more than that, it can be a time for being a person of genuine worth as you look back and now, very soon, forward.

What was I able to contribute, as the year wound down? Were my



GIVING HOMECOMING A NEW MEANING

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

Family members, grandchildren, aunts and uncles, grandparents are pointed in the direction of home as the Holiday season nears. With a major winter’s storm on the heels of many, there is, however, impending difficulty awaiting those who travel. Not to be discouraged, these hearty souls anticipate arrival to a warm hearth, genuine embraces, and the reunion celebration only this season can bring.

Its a different holiday this year. Its meaning has been deepened by events that have shaken the souls and spirits of thousands upon thousands. It is not quite being taken for granted, as often in the past. Its profound and moving emotion has reached into the soul and heart. Recognizing the value of family and friends and the fleeting way of life, we have heard the echoes of gun shots seeking to drown out the whispers of love.



BREATHE DEEPLY, PRAY EARNESTLY, LIVE PURPOSEFULLY

Dec 19th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Each day brings more revelations of those affected, of those touched, of those involved, of those whose tears won’t stop. The tragedy in Newtown is, to be sure, one of the worst catastrophes that could possibly invade anyone’s life. Cataclysmic and horrendous. Are there any words that conjure up just how profound the pain really is?

Persons most affected, those far distant, those whose empathy stretches beyond any miles, the many who know, somehow deep in their hearts and souls, what agony those nearest must be enduring. It will not subside suddenly. It will not dissipate easily. It will not ease immediately.

Each seeks to find something that helps. Some salve, some balm, some relief, Oh, Please dear God.



NO ORDINARY MONDAY FOR ANYONE

Dec 17th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors, like everyone else on this Monday morning, are touched by the tragedy over the last several days in Newtown, Connecticut. This is not one of those places terribly far away and isolated from the reality of our own existence. Elderly, grandparents, whatever label is attached to us applies to our deep sense of pain for those, our age and older, who have lost grandchildren and those first grade wonders that were taken at the hand of a very seriously disturbed young man.

His action held hostage those whose relationships ended in a flash. Teachers, administrators, first graders, all who had reason aplenty for that not to happen on this otherwise ordinary weekend. The affects of the actions of a troubled soul will create more troubling despair for a long time to come.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 12/16/12

Dec 16th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Most American towns, that were of any size during the Second World War, offered mostly young men in the service of the country. Those towns and cities now have monuments and statues commemorating their contribution to fighting and sometimes dying in that war. Towns and cities in America honor the brave men and women who fight and die to preserve our freedom.

Parks and special commemorations mark the many who served and those who died. Our time seems to be scarred, however, with a new phenomenon. Will special markers be placed at those spots where our own have killed our own? This is no proud achievement, like those of earlier times. This is a form of insanity, disturbance, a heaviness on the land that we surely do not wish to celebrate. It



WHY SHOULD SENIORS CARE?

Dec 14th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With all the outlets for caring expressed this time of year, why should seniors care? Why should seniors need to participate in the giving and caring for others so urged on by so many charitable organizations, groups, churches, and sundry not for profits?

It’s quite simple, because many of us have both the wherewithal to give and in not a few cases have been the recipients of caring from others.

The down to earth fact is that the holidays exact from us the very spirit of the occasion. Giving to others, demonstrating deep concern for their life condition, collecting essential needs including food, clothing, blankets,



MEDICARE FRAUD ON THE UNSUSPECTING AND VULNERABLE

Dec 14th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Review Medicare Statements Carefully Every caregiver with responsibility for checking and paying bills for elderly loved ones has a responsibility to check for Medicare fraud. You might be thinking, “How in the world do I do that?”  This true story might help you determine what you can do.// Eight months ago, when an elderly loved [...]