Archive for April 2013

IF DO OVERS WERE POSSIBLE

Apr 9th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Oh, how great it would be to be allowed do overs. How marvelous it would be if we could just put the back space on and redo the last thing we said or did, the one thing we wish we had never suggested or tried. How pleasant it would be for all our report cards in life, for those to be pitched and only the remarkable acts, the wild successes, the incredibly rewarding behaviors offered a chance to do it again.

If only do overs were allowed. But somehow in the great scheme of things that is not allowed or offered, not even a consideration, not a chance.

And so we are stuck with having to work out our mistakes, erase, if only we can, those behaviors



CAREGIVERS AND THE LAST HOURS

Apr 8th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

For Caregivers, and Care Receivers who have chosen to die at home, the last hours can be a contradictory combination of relief and sadness. There is much to do. It begins to feel like preparing for a huge meeting in which greater details demand attention. It is also a test of one’s handling the growing fatigue that comes with sadness, depression and grief.

All of the time that has gone into expecting this hour, now collides in a series of making plans, settling all the necessary affairs, preparing one’s own spirit and disposition for what is soon to come.



OVERMEDICATION ISSUES FOR ELDERLY

Apr 8th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Look for the Obvious Over-medication issues are common in the lives of our elderly loved ones. They happen more often in nursing homes, but they can still happen with elders living at home and/or being cared for by a caregiver.// The most important issue for seniors concerned about over-medication issues is to look for the [...]



WHY FACEBOOK IS LOSING ITS APPEAL

Apr 8th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

To be sure there are some attractions and residual appeal left to visiting Facebook. But, and that’s no small but, there is much about it that is addictive and just downright tiring. I suppose for some, younger and generated by fascination, that is the hallmark of much of what comes through on the largest blog there is, it maintains its appeal. For others, of us who have “been there, done that” Facebook represents a fad of sorts that holds attention by its various attention getting methods. No longer so, for others of us.

Increasingly, at least in conversations, I am discovering how many are dropping out and leaving the mystique, if that is what it is, of Facebook behind. There is enough “sameness” about it that leads to, well, nowhere, that many are beginning, in fact, to search elsewhere for stimulation



FRUSTRATION 100; SATISFACTION 0

Apr 6th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

How many, how frequently, how numerous, how much, how often are the times when seniors deal with officials, professionals, clerks, representatives, assistants are we thrown into a state of total frustration and complete dissatisfaction?

How many calls have been made when attempting to identify an official with appropriate authority to identify some means for addressing an issue related to some business transaction, purchase, agreement or other arrangement caught up in a business deal in which the process went south, was clearly outside the boundaries of mutual understanding and contradictory to any expected outcome?



SENIORS: KEEPING FATIGUE AT BAY

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

So, what are the options? The first one is to find ways to create harmony in your life as you arise and go about your day. Harmony is having a positive and pleasant disposition about yourself and what lies ahead. Heading off the negatives and down sides of one’s disposition requires keeping your heart happy, your head clear, your body energized, your spirit motivated by good thoughts and positive motives.

It is difficult for fatigue to seize the day when your other motivators are at work keeping the negative influences from invading you. Of course, if you are attacked by physical ailments, psychological depression, personal issues that affect your attitude, then the job gets harder. It is no small task to take on the various emotional interferences that would work their will and wiles on



WHEN BAD TURNS TO WORSE

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

How many times of late have we heard the cry, “We never expected ‘this’ to happen in our town!” “This” of course refers to the latest tragedy, turmoil, death, disaster, or crisis having taken place in one’s own community.

We perceive our own environments as peaceful, tranquil, serene and predictable. More and more they are not. The epidemic growing and spreading across the American landscape seems to be out of proportion. The frightening proportion of painful experiences touching growing numbers of families and individuals seems out of hand.

Bad seems literally to have turned to worse. Children are not exempt. Law officers are even not