Posts Tagged ‘ elders ’

Seniors: Homesickness and Loneliness

May 4th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Two of the illnesses that strike older persons are homesickness and loneliness. Seniors often choose to sustain two home bases. Those who live in the midwest, where winters can be so severe, often scout out and locate a second home in a more hospitable winter climate. They may own a second home, lease, or connect by means of having a motor home. For those who are based in second homes, such an arrangement can contribute to homesickness and loneliness. Having two homes usually means having a personality that can easily adjust to living in and enjoying two environments. Some folk do this readily. Others find it a challenge.

For me and my house, I find the occasional temptation to be “back home,” wherever and however I identify that. We enjoy a large home in one place and a rental condo in another. The former, however, is really home. The secondary location is a get away. For persons whose tendency to quickly assimilate in the secondary location, this is no real challenge. For those who enjoy nesting somewhat more, it may become



For Senior Women: Talking About Death

May 2nd, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

Dad wants to return to his roots to die.  He’s very adamant about it and extremely clear.  He wants to return to the state in which he was born and spent the first 50 years of his life.  The fact that he can even verbalize this feeling amazes me.  But I can attribute it to [...]



Seniors: Health Care Reform FACTS Regarding Medicare

May 2nd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Senior citizens continue to be interested in and concerned about the new health care law that impacts those of us with Medicare as well as every other citizen in the country.  Now that some of the health care reform hype and hysteria has calmed down, let’s take a look at the FACTS regarding the bill [...]



Financial Planning for Retirement and Beyond

May 2nd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Many people claim to be experts on Senior Finances, and some genuinely are.  Others are rip-off artists and are easily exposed with the openness of today’s Internet.  One of the ‘real’ experts is Jane Bryant Quinn.  She writes a lot… books, articles, blogs.  She is an established expert on senior financial issues and SCJ believes [...]



Articles and Newsletters on Travel Help Seniors Make Destination Decisions

Apr 29th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

The NY Times Travel section recently carried an article about a senior couple who decided to travel to Europe with just a pair of backpacks.  They selected one called a Kelty “Pod Pack.”  They had traveled abroad 30 times lugging suitcases around and their story is about “two somewhat over-the-hill” physical fitness buffs who traveled through [...]



Social Security, Medicare and Immigration Reform

Apr 25th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Baby Boomers and their offspring are concerned about Social Security and Medicare being around when the offspring reach retirement age.  Projections about the balance in both funds look rather dismal for 20-25 years out.  Both programs are on the way to zero balances sooner rather than later.  And if the funds go bust, they won’t [...]



Memory Workouts for Senior Citizen Health

Apr 25th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Memory Workouts are a relatively new phenomenon for senior citizens.  Well, perhaps we should qualify that.  The new Memory Workout industry has recently appeared on the Internet.  Some seniors just naturally exercise their memory, in the normal course of daily living.  Some elderly challenge their brains because that is their lifestyle. So why market Memory [...]