Posts Tagged ‘ friendships ’

Seniors: Strangers, Rangers, and Partners

Apr 1st, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Relationships in retirement come in all kinds of forms, often unexpected, often serendipitous, often very rewarding.

The other day as I stood in the express check out lane at our local market, I struck up a conversation with a gentleman, just behind me. A quick few sentences revealed that he knew my mother, who had been his nurse years before when she was still actively employed.

It only took a few moments to discover his mother was also still living and he was her primary caretaker. We discussed the ramifications of that undertaking. He enjoys fishing, has some heart issues, has lived in our town all his life. That was one of those experiences in meeting a stranger, but discovering a ranger, someone who ambles into your life unexpectedly and pleasurably.



Aging and Emotional Health: Relationships Matter

May 21st, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

How many family and friends are left in your circle? Are you old enough that you can discard them easily? Do you work at trying to maintain and sustain the friendships you have cultivated during your life? No matter where you are on life’s longevity scale, keeping your friends, some of whom are related, is a very important undertaking. They have given you more than likely you realize. They mean more than you have calculated. They are the treasures of life whose intrinsic value is predicated on how they share their love, how they are there for and with you at critical times.

My mother is now 90. She is my friend, one of my lifetime treasured friends, whom I know will always be there for me. There is no way to replace such a friend. There are others, but this is the ultimate