Archive for December 2012


Dec 13th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

While Mother, at 93, is not dying, she has begun experiencing aging difficulties that impair activity, reduce mobility, compromise all sorts of involvements at her age. When we moved to Arizona, we committed to bringing her to be a part of our family household. We understood the nature of the several demands and requirements that would imply.

After attempting to address those on our own for a few weeks, we turned to the services of a well qualified and professional Hospice program available to persons her age and in her condition. It was both the smart and right thing to do. While it is noble for family to want to be there to meet all the day to day needs, it is also likely to be unrealistic.


Dec 12th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

For those seniors, elders, generians of whatever ilk, for all who have prepared for the end of the world today, 12/12/12, looks like we get another delay. So far, where we live anyway, and we are a couple of hours away from where a lot of the folk live who would have already had their demise reported, looks as if it ain’t gonna happen. Not today.

Cars pass by our home, appearing to be enroute to the job of their driver, a few have walked by, getting their routine morning exercise, the school bus is delivering pupils to school. Pretty normal. Nothing disturbing. How many of these do we have to go through before no one takes them seriously any more. Change, most of us I think believe, happens. But this business of locking down the entire earth, perhaps solar system in one day, appears to be a lot of hooey.


Dec 11th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

While it is colder this morning, it is not nearly so cold as it is in other parts of the United States where we have lived. We are among those seniors who have made the choice to live in the southwest, where abundant sunshine, shirt sleeve weather, some still even in shorts, and a tolerable seven day a week climate greets us each morning.

Checking the temps in places like Chicago and Omaha and Des Moines, one is quick to conclude that a return to many of the endearing qualities of the midwest really is not a viable consideration. Having lived in Omaha for 20 years, we found its many virtues to be delightful, enchanting and beguiling. Weather, however, was not one of them. That does not mean there aren’t occasions when nostalgia takes charge and reminds us of the many good qualities of midwestern hospitality and generous friendships.


Dec 10th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors are finding hybrid automobiles to be increasingly popular with their budgets and use. More and more of them are showing up in driveways, garages, and suburbs, attractive to seniors. For good reason, since the economy of these vehicles is such that their appeal has practical ramifications.

At our house, we are now in the third vehicle which has typically rewarded us with economy, comfort, and any number of other amenities that seem now to characterize hybrids. The Prius V is our choice of vehicle and we have now had it for over a month, during which time we filled the gas tank only once at the end of that month. Confident in the car’s virtues, the dealership had filled it on the day we picked it up.


Dec 9th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Well-Woman Exam is the New Name An annual physical for women is now being referred to as a ‘well-woman exam’ (wellness exam).  It is preventive medical care and covered by Medicare almost entirely. This editor was prompted to have hers done last week because her supplemental insurance provider (her MediGap Coverage) offers a reduced premium [...]


Dec 9th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Let’s assume you won it. Let’s assume you bought that one lottery ticket that carried with it multi-millions in winning. Let’s assume you aren’t impoverished, but living comfortably in retirement. Let’s assume you are not overcome by sudden wealth. Let’s assume you have family, all of whom are comfortably fixed. Let’s assume your health is reasonably good. Let’s assume you aren’t burdened by debt. Let’s assume you are, by nature, generous and caring.

What would you do if you won multi-millions, with all these assumptions in place, and how would you manage those millions in behalf of your own future?

How would you choose to distribute that great wealth? Who would you consider, as you decided upon your own means for being sure others were remembered? Or would you?

What would be the considerations you would take into account as you determined just how you would spread


Dec 8th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Diminished Capacity vs Financial Abuse A recent AARP quiz about financial abuse of elders caught our attention.  With the rise in family caregiving over the past decade, the risk of financial abuse of seniors has also increased.  Estimates suggest 55% of elder financial abuse in the United States is committed by family members. But when [...]


Dec 8th, 2012 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Living with Multiple Sclerosis     Multiple sclerosis is a neuro-degenerative disease that causes a progressive physical disability in patients.  Despite the fact that it has no cure, traditional and alternative treatments can help deal with symptoms.// MS is an inflammatory disease in which the fat around the cells of the brain and spinal cord [...]


Dec 7th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Almost no holiday comes that doesn’t conjure up thoughts of Christmases past. Usually those feelings are prompted when transferring, from box to special spots throughout the house, all the long collected trinkets and holiday garlands, wreaths and tree ornaments that have been a part of family festivities for so many years.

Each one holds a special memory, a recollected moment, a Christmas that carried with it such sentiment that placing or hanging it almost always brings a tear or sometimes a smile. At 74, there are those pieces that recall memories of friends and family who shared in holiday celebrations, now what feels like long ago.

No matter how bedraggled some of those special pieces have become, they remain special and memorable and tug at heart and prompt moments of unrivaled joy and satisfaction. Part of the inexplicable value of those dog eared mementos is that they have been a part of


Dec 6th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors are met with a variety of concerns as they begin choosing gifts to give during the holiday season. If on a limited or fixed income, the very act of spending may give pause. If compromised in being able to move around to do the necessary shopping, that will be another of the limiting causes not to shop. If not Internet savvy or equipped, it may be beyond the senior’s reach to go online for gift giving. If restricted to a care facility, where possibility for getting out and about may prohibit gift buying, the options become extremely few.

Here are some possibilities that may be welcomed by seniors, in these and other circumstances.

Consider that those to whom a senior wishes to give a gift are not in dire need of anything. So what could they want or find