Posts Tagged ‘ aging ’

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.



SENIORS: RESTUFFING RAGGEDY ANDY

Apr 18th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As we age, we all experience health issues to one degree or another that require repairs to our bodies. Yesterday, as I sat in the dental chair, looking up at the glaring lights, I was aware that over the last few weeks I had had some experiences in common. The first was a visit to my General Practitioner who discovered I was dehydrated and needed to spend some time on the table, looking up at those lights, whilst re-hydrating.

The second was a three hour surgical procedure transplanting a cornea in my left eye. The bright lights above me assisted the Ophthalmologist with the very tedious procedure. Finally, yesterday was spent, under the lights again, as my wonderful and dear friend, believe it or not dentist, dealt with a notoriously uncomfortable tooth.



SENIOR CITIZEN JOURNAL: GROWING OLDER PRODUCTIVELY

Feb 28th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When we began creating Senior Citizen Journal, we had no idea that it would come to have such popular and consistent readership internationally. Our efforts, while humble, have come to suggest that seniors are curious and concerned for their day to day welfare and productivity. Rightly so. We are pleased that our contributions are so widely and well received. We are hopeful that they will continue to be. We are committed to reflect the concerns and issues which are part of a senior’s on-going adjustments to aging.

It happens that your issues are the very ones that catch us up in our day to day questions, struggles, interests. The fact is that we have a great deal in common. That is so because we are at the very center of the concerns that are tantamount to growing older. Frankly, aging is a process. And that process engages us in identifying all the variety of issues that present



IMPORTANT ISSUES AS WE AGE

Feb 7th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Aging brings with it realization. Realization is an awakening. An awakening helps us to sort out just who we are as we count down the years. Defining who we are means that we can look at ourselves, inwardly and outwardly, to determine if we draw satisfaction with that person we call I or me.

Among the important issues that bear scrutiny are these few. Numerous others obviously emerge and tempt our recognition. A lot of them certainly are worthy of more than a scant evaluation. .

Choosing to allow integrity to have more sway in my life than lack of it.



PROCESS OF AGING: A SENIOR’S JOURNEY

Oct 31st, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Discussing the stages of aging may seem like a trite, overworked exercise. However, it is a profound and persistent challenge to all of us as we reach 60 and beyond. It starts long before 60, but the magic of 60 is likely prompted by our having already been a member of AARP for a few years, considering retirement, looking at the issues surrounding medicare, experiencing a few health matters that remind us of aging, and knowing that the slope of the hill has changed from climbing to coming down off the mountain.

So we begin evaluating our own aging and what is in store for us. Birthdays, we admit, take on a different sheen. They are more grey and less red and blue and other exciting colors that remind us of happy childhood. Continuing to find ways to celebrate by marking the decades (who hasn’t had an over the hill party?) attempt to inject frivolity, an avoidance of reality, and an escape, at least for a



SENIORS: GRACEFUL AGING

Oct 24th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Aging brings with it a plethora of personal choices. If, when you were younger, you imagined yourself at a later age, that was a way of imaging who you would become. Some of us selected mentors, admired adults, persons’ qualities we found worthy of emulating. As we matured, we picked from among those impressions characteristics of our persona that we thought might work for us. The way we carried ourselves, our choice of dress and wardrobe, our mannerisms, our sense of etiquette, our personality were likely all influenced by persons we observed and admired.

Among those identities would be those we would fashion and improve upon in progressive stages. We don’t change our persona consciously, for the most part, and certainly not on a time line. It usually comes about gradually, sometimes without ready awareness that we are making or have made a change. Usually, but not always, it is for the better. Most of the time, most friends and family perceive the



Seniors: Getting Older and Smarter

Apr 6th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It is a matter of course, of course, to come to that moment when it is simply unbelievable that we are, in fact, getting older. It is difficult, yea sometime impossible, to project myself as having been around for this many decades. It is stunning to discover how old and handsome and mature my grandchildren are. When did that happen?

Suddenly, here we are coping with the evidences of advanced aging. Our firends and acquaintances are all at the same place. The wrinkles we have earned, the posture we have assumed, the gait which moves us forward all betray our age. We are compelled to move more carefully, to remind ourselves to stand up straight, to keep a smile on our face to chase away those ugly wrinkles.

Every morning, nowadays, I awaken with another pain or the same pain hurting in a different location. I can hear the baby



Seniors, Gait Speed Associated With Life Expectancy

Jan 9th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

A recent study from the University of Pittsburg suggests senior citizens can get valuable information about life expectancy, based on their age and gait speed.  Gait speed is simply how fast you walk.     The study looked at nine other studies from 1986 to 2000, using data accumulated from 34,485 seniors, aged 65 or older.  Their [...]



Wish I had Dones: Senior Citizen Musings

May 20th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There are so many. Making such a list is probably unwise. Reflecting very long on such, about which nothing can be done, is really a colossal waste. It only reminds that there were many times you could have acted differently, chosen more wisely, challenged your sensitivities more bravely.

But now, that time is all gone. Literally, ALL gone. There is no retracing of steps except in regret or perhaps joy at having had those moments. Regret is a wasteful expense of time and emotion and energy. As one ages, the temptation increases to spend more time looking back. Some reflection is not so bad. Too much is debilitating. Right now, when things seem to be turning so sour, the pull seems stronger. Weren’t there better times? Weren’t there moments when just being with someone special was the most



FOR SENIORS: TEN SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S

May 18th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Senior citizens everywhere search for the latest research, information and advice about the dreaded disease, Alzheimer’s.  It is fatal, eventually, and so far there is no cure.  It sometimes hits as early as the 50s; that kind is known as ‘Early Onset Alzheimer’s’.  For most who succumb to the illness, onset occurs in the 70s. [...]