Senior Moments Blog

Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 1

Sep 1st, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregivers for family members and/or friends who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s find the availability of care-giving resources both helpful and encouraging. In particular, the explanation of stages of the disease and symptoms characteristic of each stage enable the caregiver to better plan for addressing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He/she can be somewhat prepared to help the person with Alzheimer’s mitigate some of the symptoms and make life more pleasant for everyone involved.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

The first signs of a change in brain functioning (cognition) are generally mild and may go unnoticed. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute defines MCI as “…impairment in thinking skills that goes beyond normal age-related cognitive changes but does not meet criteria for dementia.”

Jerry D. Elrod–1972

Jul 18th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

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HomeCare: The World’s Fastest Growing Industry

Jul 2nd, 2016 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

At this point in time, the US healthcare industry is worth $84 billion and employs 1.7 million people. Employment as a home health aide is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, with a growth rate of 38% expected by 2024 from a decade previously. On the basis of those statistics, the industry appears to be thriving.

Healthcare of the Future

Jan 22nd, 2016 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We humans all require healthcare, and senior citizens need more attention to health issues as we age. Unfortunately, one of the main barriers to receiving the necessary level of healthcare is the practical element of being unable to physically access a healthcare professional. However, thanks to advances in technology, this may soon become a thing of the past.

Home Healthcare Adaptations (, a home care company based in Ireland, created this infographic which explores how the world of healthcare might look in the near future. It profiles the concept of ‘virtual healthcare’, whereby patients can receive a virtual home visit through a hologram of their physician, and also a virtual doctor app where patients can receive information on treatments available to them by simply browsing their smartphone or tablet.

Senior Citizen Depression Explained

Aug 14th, 2015 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Depression in senior citizens is not part of normal aging. This article and infographic explain depression and provide much-needed assistance to care-givers and seniors dealing with this illness.
Taking care of our health from a young age is vital in order to ensure that we can enjoy our lives as we get older. Ensuring that we eat well and exercise regularly can contribute to a healthy body and mind in later years.

While it is important to look after our bodies, it is unavoidable that we will struggle to function as efficiently when we reach our elderly years, in comparison with when we were in our twenties. However, in some instances certain illnesses may be overlooked due to an acceptance that they are a regular factor in the aging process. This is not always the case.

Time for the Swan Song?

Jul 9th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

One of the experiences of aging that creates emotional distress for senior citizens is figuring out when to stop a life-long activity or behavior. Driving, climbing ladders, walking without assistance, cooking, cleaning, living alone… are all common issues seniors have to make decisions about.

In addition to those, there are some that are specific to lifestyle and earlier career choices. I remember the evening Jerry came home from performing a wedding service saying that was his “Swan Song”. When I asked him about it, he reminded me when Frank Sinatra gave his last performance, many critics said he needed to give it up. He just couldn’t sing and perform well anymore. Jerry reported he learned that about himself that evening.

Retirement Benefits for Presidents

Jul 7th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The Former Presidents Act (FPA) was passed in 1958 and called for a number of benefits for United States Presidents upon departure from the White House. At that time, there were only two former presidents still living… Hoover and Truman. Eisenhower was President, and he was the first to be covered under the FPA when he left office.

After the President leaves office, he/she receives a pension that is equal to what other heads of executive branch departments are paid. In 2014, it was $201,700. Her/his spouse can also receive a lifetime annual pension of $20,000 if they don’t have any other statutory pensions.

Congressional Pensions Reviewed

Jul 4th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

That annoying Facebook post about congressional pensions just keeps traveling around. It needs to be removed from circulation because it is almost 100% false. It’s the one that suggests retired members of Congress and the President get exorbitant pension packages, and quotes flat amounts provided annually by taxpayers.

Since we here at Senior Citizen Journal believe facts are generally very helpful in forming opinion, we provide factual information about what congressional pensions actually are.

Congressional pensions are a little complicated, so be sure to read all the information provided. Much of this information

Be About Doing Good

Jun 26th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

An interesting post appeared on Facebook recently that caught our eye. It was a poster that said, “We will never change the world by going to church. We will only change the world by being the church.” (emphasis added) If we knew the author, she/he would be credited here.

We have all known dozens of people in our lives who attend the church/synagogue/mosque of their choice, and profess their deep faith openly… and then their actions don’t match up with
their words. It almost borders on lying. Not telling the truth. It’s like the five year old bully on the playground professing he didn’t mean to hurt his playmate when he roughly pushed the younger, smaller child to the ground. “I’m a good kid who was only playing.”

Let’s Talk About Guns

Jun 22nd, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Let’s talk about guns today. Many, if not most, of us seniors likely grew up with guns in the house. I remember Dad’s guns were kept in a locked cabinet. He took the shotguns out every fall just before hunting season began in Iowa. He cleaned them and had them ready for opening day of pheasant season. That day, he and my younger tom-boy sister were up before dawn, heading out with friends to hunt pheasants in the cornfields surrounding the little town where we lived.

Our family met extended family members one day at a shooting range and we all shot at clay pigeons. At age 10 or so, I remember learning how to use a 4-10 shotgun that day. Daddy showed me how to follow the clay pigeon flying through the air, and pull the trigger when i had it in my sights. I followed the instructions, pulled the trigger when I thought I had it in my sights, and the clay pigeon shattered into a thousand pieces when the lead from the cartridge hit the flying object