Senior Moments Blog

Senior Citizens and Social Isolation

Apr 1st, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Eight years ago, a University of California San Francisco study revealed more than 40 per cent of seniors experience lonelinsss and a sense of isolation. As a result, they discovered these lonely seniors exhibited more health problems and even death.

Forty per cent is a lot of people. And now, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, seniors living along experience even more isolation than before the virus began spreading. We are ordered to stay home by local and state governments. We can’t go out and mix with people. We can’t see friends and family. We can only stay home. Alone.



Grocery Delivery: A Big Benefit to Seniors

Mar 31st, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior Citizen Journal writes a lot about how seniors can make the best use of their income and financial resources. After all, we don’t know how long we will live, and as a result, we need to plan carefully for our money to last an indefinite amount of time. This includes weekly planning for food and grocery shopping.

Tips in the 21st century include making good use of computers and cell phones for ordering. The newest technology of immeasurable benefit to seniors is grocery delivery. Most supermarkets, big box food stores and even smaller grocery stores will deliver groceries to families in their communities. Grocery delivery for seniors means we don’t have to get out in public and expose ourselves to COVID-19. We can ‘shelter in place’ at home and remain much safer.



Grocery Shopping Tips for Seniors

Mar 30th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As this message is being written, Planet Earth is in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Seniors are among the most vulnerable groups for experiencing complications from any virus and becoming seriously ill. Those over the age of 60 must stay home and away from people; we don’t know who may have the virus and not know it; as a result our habits must change, and that includes how we shop for groceries.

Sometimes we seniors need some reminders, and that’s the purpose of this message. In this day of staying at home and away from people, we still have daily tasks we must address. And grocery shopping is at the top of the list. Whether we order online or have someone shop for us, we have to make a list so we don’t end up with a bunch of groceries we don’t need and won’t use, and also so we indeed get everything we want for the week (or however long it is between shopping trips).



Seniors: Medicare Fraud Alert

Mar 20th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Amongst the daily alerts we receive about COVID-19 is an email that comes from Medicare.com for those seniors who have an online Medicare account, and is one that all seniors need to understand and heed.

It just arrived in my email inbox, and begins, “Scammers may use COVID-19 as an opportunity to steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. (emphasis added) In some cases, they might tell you they’ll send you a Coronavirus test, masks, or other items in exchange for your Medicare number or personal information. Be wary of unsolicited requests for your Medicare number or other personal information.”



PANDEMIC 101 for Seniors

Mar 19th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It is March, 2020, and world leaders have declared a Pandemic we call COVID-19, the corona virus that actually began in late 2019. It is a crisis for all of us, but especially for us seniors because we have been identified as among the most vulnerable group of people who can/could/might contract COVID-19. Seniors, people with lung disease, heart disease and diabetics are the highest risk groups.

A crisis is unexpected, frightening and potentially catastrophic for seniors. Our age creates a sense of vulnerability we did not experience in younger years. With that vulnerability comes heightened fear of the unknown future and its effects on our lives. Our ability to cope is diminished and even impaired.

Any crisis tends to diminish our resilience and ability to manage otherwise daily routines. Because our thought processes may be affected, problem solving and coping with ongoing daily routines can take a hit. That is just the nature of crises.



What Are Deputyships? An Explanation

Mar 3rd, 2018 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Deputyships Explained It is a regular occurrence in the senior population to suffer a diminishing of mental capacity later in life, which could lead to the senior citizen finding it difficult to make decisions for him/herself. In this scenario, he/she can appoint a deputy to make important decisions on his/her behalf, provided that the deputy […]



Heart Healthy Seniors

Nov 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Love Your Heart, Stay Healthy

As we age, we seniors need to take better care of ourselves. This infographic from Study Medicine Europe takes you through how you can care for your heart to ensure you stay happy and healthy for as long as possible.

Unfortunately, heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths and claims 17.7 million lives every year.

When functioning at its optimal level the heart shuttles 2,000 gallons of oxygen-rich blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Another important factor to understand is the differences between a heart attack and cardiac arrest.



Depression in Seniors

Oct 26th, 2017 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Depression in senior citizens tends to go largely unnoticed. A study by Mental Health America revealed that 2 out of 3 seniors knew ‘little or nothing’ about depression, while only 42% of seniors said that they would seek medical help if they felt depressed. Worryingly, almost 3 in 5 seniors were willing to accept depression as an inevitable part of aging.



Celebrate Active Seniors October 1st

Sep 26th, 2017 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

On Sunday October 1, the International Day of Older Persons will be celebrated and this year’s theme is ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons’. In some quarters, there remains a perception of senior citizens as frail-bodied and mentally struggling. In reality, many senior citizens around the world smash through that stigma by continuing to make extraordinary contributions to their communities and, in some cases, to the world at large.



Fitness Plan for Grandparenting

Apr 5th, 2017 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

SCJ has a new friend! He is Paul, a health and fitness blogger at FatherFitness. Recent correspondence with Paul resulted in his offering to write an article about grandparenting and fitness. It’s a great read, so enjoy!
When our son was born in 2009 my mother-in-law retired so when my wife returned to work a year later we had the best child care option. Granny Marje had always been active, juggling three jobs, all involving the care of young children until she retired aged 60. It would have been so easy (and maybe welcomed! for her to kick back, take it easy and settle into a relaxing retirement. Of course we had other ideas for her, blessing her with the task of Granny daycare three days a week.