Archive for May 2013

THE PAIN OF LETTING GO

May 31st, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Because I am not employed and what I choose to do, and am able to do, is laid to the privilege of being retired, this column has been vacant for some while. It was the result of an extended illness, and the caretaking that resulted for my 93 year old mother. Add to that an illness that came to visit and limited my activities as well as interest in other things. All of this led to my finding ready excuse, no motivation, and an overwhelming sense of emotional fatigue, not to do or want to do much of anything. In other words, I found myself in the middle of the struggle to fight the fight and deal with the pain of letting go.

This article is the result of my being aware that eventually a shift must occur and life’s shape and function must adjust.



A SENIOR MOTHER’S STORY

May 30th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Labor, Delivery and Loss Forty-seven years ago tonight, I went into labor, preparing to deliver my beautiful baby girl. That childbirth labor would last 36 hours. I have always thought that long labor was her protest against what I was about to do… surrender her to strangers to adopt her and raise her as their [...]



Safe Seniors: Tips to Help Keep Your Home Safe From Crooks

May 29th, 2013 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Finances

Burglaries Down, But Still Costly You may be comforted to know that burglaries are actually on a long-term decrease across the country. SecurityCompanies.com notes that, over four of the five previous years, burglaries have gone down in numbers. However, just because the numbers have decreased slightly in the long term doesn’t eliminate the risk. In [...]



#4 – LESSONS IN CAREGIVING

May 28th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Many Internet websites offer good information for caregivers about taking care of elderly loved ones. A search engine offers thousands of articles one can review for assistance. And they all have one theme in common: The caregiver needs to take care of her/himself if he/she wants to do a good job caring for the elderly loved one.

In our caregiving experience, we found a couple of ways to care for ourselves that worked well for us:
We took time off for outings just by ourselves. We had assistance from three family members who offered weekly time to stay with our elder mother, and we accepted that assistance. Some days we would go out for lunch alone; other days we would do errands and shopping. Whatever the activity,



Prevent a Break-in: Beware of Dog Signs and Other DIY Projects

May 24th, 2013 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Seniors Fear Break-Ins Property crimes continue to be on the rise, according to FBI statistics, and as seniors, it’s tough not to feel more vulnerable to a break-in. There is plenty you can do as a homeowner to protect your domain. Here are six easy DIY projects that you can take care of this weekend [...]



PART TIME WORK FOR SENIORS

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

Seniors Contribute to Work Force Many seniors, living in retirement, do not want to stop working. They enjoy the activity. The extra income comes in handy. Seniors are living longer, and do not want to live those years on the rocking chair.// So where do you go and how do you begin to look for [...]



#3 – LESSONS IN CAREGIVING

May 18th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregiving for elderly loved ones carries some inherent understandings of how day-to-day activity is managed. For the most part, decisions and choices that affect the life of the elder needs to remain in her/his hands. For the most part… so what are the exceptions?

Based on our six-month experience, these are some guidelines that make sense:

Decisions about simple things like what the elder is going to wear are left up to her/him… except… except when she wants to put on a long flowing skirt that now comes to the floor and would likely get entangled in her legs and cause her to fall. Mother was still mobile the first three or four months



MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR SENIORS

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

Senior Citizens Find Money Saving Moves It seems that seniors are always on the lookout for ways to save money. That is likely because most of us live on a fixed income that is based on a Social Security check and -for some- a pension. We don’t like to dip into our investments, if we [...]



TOXIC CHEMICALS IN THE HOME

May 16th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Toxic chemicals have no place in the homes of senior citizens. We rely on public information to tell us when a product has ingredients that are harmful. And sometimes that information is clouded by special interests of companies that want us to buy their products in spite of the poison in them. So we have to perform due diligence and find the best information available before we decide what to purchase.

Following are some resources SCJ found that other seniors might find helpful:

Triclosan: This chemical has long been found in cosmetics and soap used on the body (including shampoo). The Suzuki Foundation has labeled it toxic for years. Triclosan has been in the news



Your Next American Road Trip: From the East to the West, Explore

May 13th, 2013 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Explore American Roads There’s nothing that can reveal the vastness of the great American landscape better than a road trip. Seeing the geography and history firsthand is better education than any classroom. The thing is there’s a lot of country out there, and it would take months to see it all at once.// Choose [...]