Archive for September 2013

MEDICARE: DEALING WITH SCAMMERS

Sep 29th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Obamacare Enrollment Begins The Affordable Care Act (ACA), known on the streets as Obamacare, is about to start the enrollment process. That will begin this next Tuesday, October 1, and continue through March 31, 2014. Any citizen who wants to enroll may do so online or in a local organization that has Navigators available to [...]



A REFRESHING WIND BLOWS

Sep 28th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Is it possible a refreshing wind is blowing? Is it really true that more and more of us are raising our voices and our hands in symbolic gestures of dissatisfaction? Yes, it really seems to be happening. There seems to be more and more common, ordinary real down to earth human beings are decrying, with good cause, those who are crude and rude and foul and lacking in decency.

Examples include a junior, note junior, senator from Texas leaning on emotionally immature means for protesting the sanctity of our nation’s heritage.

The qualities of goodness and respect, genuine regard for acts of maturity, examples of statesmanship need to



WHEN WILL THE TIME COME?

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

Seniors must be compelled to wonder when the time will come that Americans raise their protests over the increasingly inadequate governance of our nation? Almost any direction one turns these days, there is evidence of a growing distrust and disapproval of the nation’s poor state of affairs.

The arrogance of political “leaders” suggests that they are not held accountable for their actions, inactions and reactions on the playing field of governing this nation with reason and conscience. Lack of any honest perception in weaving a fabric of honesty and integrity into the cloak of our nation is now a given. There is no demonstration of the very essentials of national pride. Self interest and running rough shod over the body politic, seems to be the order of the day. There is an occasional hint of hope. Among polls taken to get a



SNAP: NECESSARY FOR SURVIVAL

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Hunger is a National Disgrace People who are hungry because they do not generate enough income to buy enough food are entitled to assistance from We The People. And the Federal Government takes the form of We The People. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP–formerly Food Stamps) is designed to assist people with their nutritional [...]



DENIAL OF ESSENTIALS: THE FOOD STAMPS ISSUE

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

Do you remember those childhood days when shopping with your Mom and spying something you really thought you wanted? A doll, a toy, a candy bar, a pair of shoes. Maybe so. Maybe not. It rather depends where things were at that period of your life. It was influenced by conditions of ability to pay, wisdom of buying what you thought you wanted, planting the seeds of discovering that you couldn’t have everything you thought you deserved.

Here we are when many are being denied by those who seem to think they are the parents, denying wants that are very basic. They are not frivolous. They include adequate food on the table every day. They involve necessary clothing for comfort and warmth. They represent the basics of day to day



RESOURCES FOR NEW HEALTHCARE LAW

Sep 20th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Factual Answers for Legitimate Questions SCJ has received several inquiries about where to go to learn about the new healthcare law, known on the streets as Obamacare, and more accurately the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are certainly enough distortions and outright lies out there that contribute to confusion and mistrust on the part of [...]



HOW ABOUT THE FORGOTTEN AND OVERLOOKED?

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

In my senior-citizen-view, there is no way the present tension in Congress can be resolved by ignoring the forgotten and overlooked. America has long sought to care for those whose needs are greater than their abilities to meet them.

The present state of mind that seeks to resolve economic issues by forgetting and overlooking the misplaced, unfed, and poorly housed, uneducated among us may as well declare America as unfit for human habitation. When there is no longer any motivation to compassion then our liberties and justice for all have been left on the junk heap of history.

The caretakers of those who are forgotten and overlooked



STORIES HELP US ACHIEVE THE WORTHWHILE

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

Conversations have a way of moving in undesirable directions. Past the question of “how are you,” there can emerge a series of topics that leave the conversationalist at a loss for how to get out of it. Ironically each of us has his/her own story. The miracle of the Internet is that seniors can read and hear and savor all the wonderfully moving stories that are out there. I just completed reading one in the New York Times. There is a plethora of inspiration out there and an amazing number of articulate story tellers who have found the courage to tell their stories.

In the haste of our rush from one day to the next, from one catastrophe to the next, we may be missing some of the best stories enabling us to understand and empathize with the human condition. Overwhelmingly, we



HOW TO INVEST A LARGE SUM OF MONEY

Sep 12th, 2013 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Finances

Your period of collecting McDonalds Monopoly pieces in search of your next free order of medium fries is over. Perhaps you’ve just collected a large inheritance, perhaps you’ve cashed in an annuity or perhaps you’ve just won the lottery. Whatever the case, now is the time to begin making intelligent decisions with that nest egg. [...]



STOP THOSE PESKY SOLICITATION PHONE CALLS

Sep 10th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Solicitation Calls Annoy Seniors That phone call yesterday was annoying. However, it taught me a valuable lesson. With patience, seniors can often get those pesky phone callers to put you on their do-not-call list.// We had successfully gotten off all those telephone solicitation lists after having had the same telephone number for 15 years. Then [...]