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Transitions and New Beginnings

Jun 12th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The Senior Citizen Journal dashboard says it’s been 18 months since the website has been kept current with new material added daily. Many of you followed Dr Jerry D Elrod’s Senior Moments regularly, and looked forward to his magical wordsmith-ing each and every day. Other, more research-based, articles were also added to SCJ on a daily basis… relating to lifestyle choices for seniors, finance, travel, Social Security, Medicare and all things important to senior citizens today. Dr Sharon Shaw Elrod, Jerry’s wife of 40 years, was responsible for most of those articles.

And now life has changed. Ready or not. Jerry died February 8, 2015, just four short months ago. He had been in serious decline for 18 months, and a gradual (sometimes imperceptible) decline for seven years. Health issues showed up with damnable regularity. Some were



SENIORS: OBSERVING MOTHER’S DAY. 2012

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

Next Sunday, the observance of Mother’s Day will be celebrated. Some of us are fortunate enough to have our Mom still present to participate in that remarkable occasion. There is so much caught up in it, so much emotion, so much memory, so much of who you are.

Of course, there are gifts, bought especially to designate the day, cards, flowers, candy, etc. But more than that there are feelings. The feelings that express the gratitude and satisfaction of a life lived together, a horde of experiences that made up wonders and amazing encounters. Sure, there were some bad times. And, it must be acknowledged that some mothers do not fare well. They lose the lustre of a reputation that comes from sentiment. Oh, to redeem those times and to find a way to blot out the bad stuff.



SENIORS: CULTIVATING CONFIDENCE

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Among the interferences that seem to accompany aging is the phenomenon of loss of confidence. It is rather like the winter flu or a very bad cold. It comes upon you surreptitiously. It resides longer than it is welcome. It creates discomfort and fatigue. It is unwelcome, but finds, somehow, a way to occupy your frame of mind.

There is about it the need to call upon some home remedy, a salve or balm or elixir to escort it away. Just as it arrived uninvited, perhaps it can be removed just as suddenly. However, it does have its tricks. Occupying yourself with other thoughts, motivations and distractions may work. It may take longer than you wish. Cultivating confidence can be something like planting an early spring flower bed. It may require some careful tending, some gentle nurturing.