Archive for March 2013

SENIORS REVIEW CREDIT ISSUES

Mar 29th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Seniors’ Credit Report Several Internet articles recently dealt with the need for seniors to think about one’s credit report/rating. Some of the suggestions apply more specifically to seniors. Many of us are not worried about our credit report. It’s been in place a long time and our ratings probably haven’t changed much. With a long [...]



WHEN LIFE DESERVES SOME FUN

Mar 29th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Several temptations are lately looming up offering beguiling opportunities for seniors, and particularly for me. Back in my early teens I owned a 1948 Willys Jeepster. It was yellow, a convertible, stick shift, with all the bells and whistles that made it an enviable and enjoyable toy. For some reason, now forgotten, I surrendered it and have regretted its loss ever since.

I am now in search of its replacement, an enjoyable undertaking that has sent me looking all over the country to try to find an identical replica. They are out there and the temptation runs stronger on some days than others.



SOCIAL SECURITY RESOURCES ONLINE

Mar 27th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Quick Links to Helpful Information It occurred to SeniorCitizenJournal.com editors that our readers might find online links to Social Security resources and information helpful. The links with a brief description are provided here: Factual (unbiased) information about Social Security–JustFacts.com Online access to Social Security information, resources and your personal account // Official website of the [...]



MORE ON MANAGING ARTHRITIS

Mar 27th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Seniors Manage Arthritis Pain We seniors are always on the lookout for advice about managing arthritis pain. Most of us get this dis-ease in our senior years. The lucky ones just have osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis is not only painful, it’s debilitating. So our ears perk up when we hear or read about how arthritis can [...]



WEEDS AMONG THE FLOWERS

Mar 27th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

More and more, as one walks in the garden, there seem to be more weeds than flowers. This winter seemed to bring more moisture, more cloudy days than usual. Not being a climatologist, I can’t declare for sure, but it seemed so. Thus, the weeds have seemed to proliferate, while those more sensitive and fragrant, more colorful and butterfly-attracting floral species are less in abundance.

One may wonder whether it is more perception than reality. Maybe one is guided more by one’s visual experience than the ability to see it all in a colorful light of fresh and flavorful wonder.

Is this more of a slanted view of the world out there, as spring seems to take on its appearance? Is



LEARNING TO LISTEN TO WISER VOICES

Mar 26th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Age is one of those episodes that keeps getting our attention. It interrupts us in the middle of a conversation, when we have forgotten the subject. It leads us into discussions we know nothing about, but pretend we do. It demonstrates that our attention span may be detoured. It illustrates that our capabilities at keeping the conversation going is something of a challenge.

Our once lauded ability to be astute in sustaining an intelligent discourse, is somewhat challenged. We just don’t have the sharpness of tongue nor possess the quickness of thought we once did. The consequences of such frequent reminders to our lessening of verbal skills and a sharp repertoire nudges us to be less verbal, more anxious, slightly less self confident in conversation.



THE WORLD OF SENIOR WOMEN

Mar 23rd, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Senior Women Unlimited! There is an interesting response when the phrase ‘senior women’ is searched in your favorite browser. The first articles that pop up are related to senior women and dating or finding a male partner. We find this interesting because it appears to be based on an assumption that senior women are first [...]



TERMINAL AGITATION, A CAREGIVER’S NIGHTMARE

Mar 22nd, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregiving is increasingly common among senior citizens in today’s world of ever-increasing longevity. Many of us have elderly parents or loved ones for whom some level of care is required. They may still be in their own home, and we check in on them several times a week. Or they are still at home needing daily care and attention. Or they cannot live alone any longer and for a variety of reasons do not enter a care facility; they move in with you instead. And still more of us find our parents in nursing/group/assisted living facilities.

Let’s face it. We seniors are at high risk to become caregivers to one degree or another. And many of us are ill equipped to manage caring for the elderly who manifest a variety of behaviors that confuse and perplex us.



AGING AND HIP REPLACEMENTS

Mar 20th, 2013 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Some Implants Found Faulty Hip osteoporosis affects one out of every four seniors. This disease, along with bone death, trauma, arthritis, obesity and other hip conditions, may require hip replacement. Every year, there are more than 450,000 hip replacement surgeries in the United States. Hip replacement is intended to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Recently, [...]



SOME FINANCIAL ‘UH-OH’s’ IN RETIREMENT

Mar 16th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Some Unexpected Financial Hits Many seniors take a backward look at some point in retirement, and find their financial lives are somewhat different from what they expected. We did this recently, and found several expenses we neither anticipated nor expected.// Moving Expenses: We moved after 15 years of retirement. We did not anticipate doing that [...]