Posts Tagged ‘ aging ’

Depression in Seniors

Oct 26th, 2017 | By Guest Post | 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 Guest Post | 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.



Falling is Dangerous for Seniors

Apr 6th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Falls.. Leading Cause of Death for Seniors Falls for people over the age of 65 can be fatal. Amazingly, 28%-35% of people aged 65 and over fall between 2 and 4 times every year. The issue is that a lot of these falls cause fractures and interestingly 87% of fractures in the elderly are due [...]



Fitness Plan for Grandparenting

Apr 5th, 2017 | By Guest Post | 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.



Home Protection for Seniors

Mar 26th, 2017 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The home garage door offers one of the best options for thieves to break in to senior citizens’ homes. With the assistance of a small block of wood and a coat hanger, as described in this link, a garage door can be opened in about six seconds. And this kind of break in is becoming increasingly common.

Seniors use a variety of methods to increase their safety and reduce possibility of burglary, including alarm systems (monitored or not), security cameras and intricate locking systems on exterior doors



Help for Mesothelioma Victims

Jan 15th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

treatmesothelioma.com exists to not only inspire hope during these unbearable times but to also provide palliative care and comprehensive information through our website, resources, and educational videos.



Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2

Sep 9th, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Victims of AD need more structure in the Moderate stage. The generally experience sleeplessness, wandering, late-day confusion and agitation which are all part of the same problem. BAI Beacon states, “The damaged brain has to work much harder to understand the environment and be able to function.” (Ibid) People with AD tend to lose their sense of smell and need food that is well or highly seasoned; their eating is disrupted and the challenge for the caregiver is to find and prepare food that is appealing to their care receiver.

Persons in the Moderate stage of AD may resist bathing and need help to dress. They struggle to find words to express what they want to say. They begin to experience illusions and delusions.



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.



LEARNING TO LISTEN TO WISER VOICES

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

Age is one of those episodes that keeps getting our attention. It interrupts us in the middle of a conversation, when we have forgotten the subject. It leads us into discussions we know nothing about, but pretend we do. It demonstrates that our attention span may be detoured. It illustrates that our capabilities at keeping the conversation going is something of a challenge.

Our once lauded ability to be astute in sustaining an intelligent discourse, is somewhat challenged. We just don’t have the sharpness of tongue nor possess the quickness of thought we once did. The consequences of such frequent reminders to our lessening of verbal skills and a sharp repertoire nudges us to be less verbal, more anxious, slightly less self confident in conversation.



BLENDING AND BENDING: A TREATISE ON AGING

Nov 16th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Aging reshapes us. It does so as we blend and bend to the unusual events in our growing. We are not the same today as we were yesterday. We have had mind altering experiences offering us new insights, changing our perspective, shaking up our opinions, entering our system. No two days are alike as we age. We profess our devotion to routine, but really every new day insists upon its unique identity.

To do so it happens that we are deluged with all kinds of incursions into our lives. The more interaction there is, the more blending and bending takes place. We either blend with the episodes that introduce themselves to our persona, we bend to accommodate the often uninvited incursions or we attempt to ignore them. The latter, a futile effort, usually only delays our having to deal with the issues anyway.