Archive for January 2013

CONTINUING CARETAKING CHALLENGES

Jan 21st, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When signing on to the role of Caretaker, the family member(s) needs to be aware of the implications of that assignment. As family members age, who require caretaking, so do the needs for caretaking multiply. As those needs proliferate so do the demands for caretaking.

While often recruiting additional assistance for keeping up with the challenges, there are frequent surprises which require attention and immediate attention. These are the demands that are often wearing on those who have taken on the responsibility of caretaking.

Part of the issue is the attitude of the patient. Older persons often try to hold up the concept of personal independence. They do not yet believe or receive well the messages their body is sending. They are



FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR SENIOR WOMEN

Jan 21st, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Money Management Challenges Many senior women 55 or 60+ today find managing money a serious challenge. Especially if they are living alone.  The most common scenario is they inherited the task when their spouse of many years died.  He always managed the money, and she got an allowance to spend on buying groceries and personal [...]



Senior Socialization: Creating Senior Social Interactions & Relationships

Jan 21st, 2013 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Social Interaction for Healthy Senior Living Friendships, companionship and interpersonal relationships are a human need at any age, especially for seniors who may not have the resources and health to leave home. As a caregiver, you may already feel the heavy responsibility of ensuring the health and wellbeing of your loved one. Your days may [...]



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 1/20/13

Jan 19th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The senior excursion to the very popular Barrett Jackson Auction revealed a horde of older persons, particularly men, whose search for meaning continues even yet. There are all kinds of searches that attract us. One just passed by while typing this. It was a Porsche. Others find their satisfaction in meaning and activity in all kinds of pursuits. That’s okay, and as it should be. Meaning is something as crucial to our being as breathing, walking, thinking, finding something to do.

It may also be found in spiritual pursuits. A pastor friend has written a book called “Living the Questions.” It is a desirable and intellectually honest means for exploring spiritual dimensions of living without getting tangled up in literalism. It is a challenge to one’s ability to stretch. We need more of that spiritually,



SENIOR SOCIAL NETWORKING AND SCAMS

Jan 18th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Seniors On The Alert for Scams Increasingly senior citizens are enjoying social networking on the Internet. Last October, Facebook told the world it had a billion members.  A good percentage of those FB members are seniors.  And because of the increasing numbers, seniors really need to take a look at protecting themselves from scams. Scammers [...]



FANTASY-OUTING FOR SENIORS

Jan 18th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior citizens enjoy a change of pace, doing something different from the ordinary day-to-day routine. It helps keep them invested and interested in life. Today is such a day.

My brother in law and I are spending the day at the Barrett-Jackson Auction today. It is an escape route to another era. There are more than 1400 cars on the huge lot and in the big tent. It is a day for reminiscing and wishing. Some big bucks guys are able to do both. One gentleman, last night, bid $60k for his dream car. He must have been about my age and from appearances, which reveal absolutely nothing, had enough cash stashed somewhere to be able to afford it.



UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE CARD CODES

Jan 17th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Those Weird Numbers on Your Medicare Card When seniors apply for their Medicare card, it is sent to them with their Social Security number as the identifier, plus a code. Most of us have an ‘A’ after our SSN.  Like this:  xxx-xx-xxxxA.  But some people have strange numbers and we were recently asked about it.  [...]



RETIREMENT SPOTS FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS

Jan 17th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Abundant Choices for Retirement An AARP article recently caught our eye.  We started to think about all the choices seniors have now when they choose to retire, or choose to move during retirement.  The AARP article focused on retirement locales for people who love the out of doors.  Here are the ten top places to [...]



TRIFOCALS, DENTURES AND CANES

Jan 17th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As seniors age all kinds of signs appear to remind us of occurrences that suggest change in our physical and psychological state of being. These are often obvious, sometimes subtle, frequently temporary.

Others are daily symbols of our having passed one milestone or another. Just the other day, a two hour respite (?) in the dental chair indicated that enough time had passed that major attention was required. At the same time that is happening, I am recovering from a corneal transplant, my fourth, which indicates that my inherited difficulty with vision continues in my 70′s.



ARE SENIOR WOMEN ENTITLED??

Jan 16th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

We senior women, on occasion, have the tendency to develop an attitude… a message to others that says we are entitled.  Entitled to what?  We may think we should be pampered… coddled… humored… elevated to a ‘high’ position in the family…  you name it.  Such an attitude needs to be addressed if we want to [...]