Archive for July 2013


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

I LOVE TOP LISTS, especially those that indicate what really is important about what we choose to do with ourselves as we age. Many experts talk about the top ten concerns of senior citizens.

There are so many, everything from the brand of mayonnaise we buy to what time we go to bed. Some are worth thought. Others are downright silly.

A week ago, I was introduced to five musts that came about as a result of spending, or maybe it was investing, in several days of being with our immediate family. I discovered what I have been missing. I discovered that I had pushed aside, too often, their presence in my life and had, as a result, missed


Jul 30th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As we grow older, life’s several surprises seem to increase in number. Being a prolific reader, I am somewhat taken aback every day by the number and variety of surprises that come our way.

We are met these days with a multitude of “you’ve gotta be kidding” occasions. They are climate driven, economically inspired, human behaviors, nature induced, and psychological mysteries that seem to just keep on coming.

It is as if we live in a constant “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” kind of existence. The more weird they are, the more likely they get space in the headlines and news shows. We have become entranced by the unusual,


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

Today’s list article puts ourselves squarely in the center of the target. Taking care of ourselves is a huge priority.

Helping oneself to help oneself is, or ought to be, any day’s top priority. So today, consider these suggestions for an improvement in your own day’s passing.

To end one day and begin another, GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. Some struggle with this, while others find it to be a piece of cake. My father in law, who lived to 96, said that when his head hit the pillow he was already asleep. His daughter seemed to inherit the same quality. Both demonstrate(d) daily pep, energy and


Jul 28th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Traditional Senior Women Most of us senior women grew up in a time when women did the cooking; there are exceptions, of course, but social mores regarding roles for women and men were pretty clear. And food served was geographically determined. That is, meals served in the deep South were significantly different from that served [...]


Jul 28th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Senior Medicare Patrol Explained Many groups that support the needs of senior citizens express concern about waste and fraud in their support systems. Medicare and Social Security are just two of the ‘support system’ examples. There are many, including health care, and it is on the rise.// The Senior Medicare Patrol is a group of [...]


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

Seniors Find Information on the Internet Ever wonder why your congress-person voted the way he/she did? Senior citizens who use the Internet a lot follow Social Security and Medicare issues, legislation affecting both programs and what writers are saying about them. Now there is another tool to help us stay in touch with the background [...]


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

For those seniors who enjoy surfing the net, perusing Facebook, examining all things written, said and posted it is likely that what we find here contributes to a more rational and well founded state of mind.

To the credit of all my Facebook friends, I have found that almost a hundred percent of their offerings lean to the positive, the contemplative, meditative point of view. Those who post insights and stirrings of mind and emotion do so with the obvious intent of creating a more peaceful, less stressful world. I am so grateful to call these friends, real Friends.Elderly : Elderly woman working on laptop computer, smiling, drinking tea.

Sometime ago, I began dis-inviting some who sent nothing but unpleasant and unremarkable posts. It has worked. It has drawn from the ether of the universe, a more uplifting, morale building, inspiration stimulating content than was true before.


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

In this upside down world, where chaos and disagreement seem to rule, here’s some advice from seniors who have lived through it all, survived and are determined to get the best out of what’s left: “Go fishing first, worry later.”

Real seniors don’t allow the frustrations, distractions, irritations, divisions, distortions and limitations of life ruin what is left for us in having a productive, healthy, uncompromising appreciation for living out our lives and drawing satisfaction from every day.

It just isn’t worth our being side tracked into the many issues and non issues which would detour us from productive living. Those who would recruit us for their innumerable causes, particularly and especially those that espouse hate, divisiveness,


Jul 24th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Seniors Identify Symptoms Physical illness and disease increase with many seniors as we age. Lifelong issues become more troublesome and new dis-ease crops up with annoying regularity. AARP recently published an article about symptoms we should not ignore: pain, shortness of breath, confusion, unexplained weight loss, fever and swelling in legs. The article is a [...]


Jul 24th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There are consolations in growing older. In spite of some of the evidence to the contrary, we can all list those, there are rich rewards in coming to an advanced age. The challenge is to recognize those shifts in our patterns of living. Some are subtle. Some dramatic. Others are refreshing. While still others are challenging.

They come upon us with consummate regularity. We are not, if we are in charge of ourselves, held captive by the changes of living, the shifts in our living, the adjustments required.

Most of us are subject to mistakes, errors in judgment, choices that weren’t smart. But all of us, if we wish it, are capable of a second shot, a chance to improve on what we have been. While do overs aren’t in the book, a changed perspective is. We can learn