Posts Tagged ‘ acts of kindness ’

SENIORS FALLING INTO GRACE

Jul 15th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Over the weekend, this 74 year old adult male took a tumble. Walking our 3 dogs along a familiar sidewalk, I tripped on a protruding sidewalk seam and went face down, experiencing a chin gash requiring a few stitches, a fractured right arm, abrasions on my knees not to mention the embarrassment that accompanied all of this.

With Sharon attending the dogs and trying to assist me, a young man, accompanied by his spouse and child, stopped to offer assistance, pick me up off the sidewalk and took me home less than a block away.

We made our way to the nearest Urgent Care Center, where two highly competent women attended me, took care of the immediate needs, did an x ray revealing my fractured arm, near the elbow, and assured us that none of the injuries had been life threatening.



AS WE AGE: A BRIEF FOR COMPOSURE AND KINDNESS

Feb 13th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The tops of the trees catch the early morning sun as it makes its way from east to west. The grounds below are covered with leaves, allowing a comfortable bed for squirrels and other critters as they search out their morning meal. The air is bitter, the first signs of winter this late in the year. Prospects of snow or sleet are suggested before day’s end. It is a reminder that seasons come and seasons go, no matter the changes in climate we experience now.

There are no disruptions to disturb or dissuade the day from moving on at its deliberate pace. It is quiet here. It is alone, but not lonely. It is pristine, free from the interruptions of hassle. It is the sort of place most long for, even for brief respites. Calm is a balm and a salve and a cure. It lets us realize that there doesn’t have to be heartache and hurt. Days don’t have to be stressful. Inviting the serenity of another day gives us opportunity to recognize that we are the ones who create the landscape of our mornings. We are



WHAT HAVE WE FORGOTTEN?

Dec 16th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As the shopping season rapidly comes to its end, reviewing what we have forgotten becomes a necessary undertaking. So before too many more shopping days disappear, let’s think about what we have forgotten or are forgetting. Here are some that come to mind:

something for our pets; those wonderful crazy creatures that bring us so much daily joy, happiness and pleasure;
something for a neighbor who means so much but we doubt they really know how much;
something for a friend who is ill, struggling with physical difficulties that will impair this year’s Christmas for him/her;
something for that loved one who, because of the threat of aging and the prospect of death, may not be around next year;
something for the people who, while paid to help us, would have a happier Christmas if we found a way to say, ‘Thank You’;



Positive Living for Longevity

Jul 31st, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Many of us senior women enjoy the spirit of happiness, and have done so most of our lives.  That spirit is what Johns Hopkins Health Alert calls the Power of Positive Psychology.  SCJ editors resonated with the message in this Health Alert, and wanted to both cite it and expand on the notion of living [...]