Posts Tagged ‘ healthy senior living ’

TOP FIVE MUSTS IN REACHING 70 AND ABOVE

Jul 31st, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

I LOVE TOP LISTS, especially those that indicate what really is important about what we choose to do with ourselves as we age. Many experts talk about the top ten concerns of senior citizens.

There are so many, everything from the brand of mayonnaise we buy to what time we go to bed. Some are worth thought. Others are downright silly.

A week ago, I was introduced to five musts that came about as a result of spending, or maybe it was investing, in several days of being with our immediate family. I discovered what I have been missing. I discovered that I had pushed aside, too often, their presence in my life and had, as a result, missed



Senior Socialization: Creating Senior Social Interactions & Relationships

Jan 21st, 2013 | By Guest Post | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Social Interaction for Healthy Senior Living Friendships, companionship and interpersonal relationships are a human need at any age, especially for seniors who may not have the resources and health to leave home. As a caregiver, you may already feel the heavy responsibility of ensuring the health and wellbeing of your loved one. Your days may [...]



SENIORS: AVOIDING PESSIMISM

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

Okay, seniors, the time has come when we need to assess our attitude quotient. If it’s morning, it’s time. Another day introduces us to the necessity of evaluating our perceptions, misconceptions, and reception of our current attitude. It ain’t gonna be easy. It, likely, will end up being a daily, 24/7 proposition. So here goes.

Do you allow the state of universal affairs to guide your thinking? ___yes___no
____somewhat

Are you influenced by the morning’s news and talk shows? If so how would you rate your response:



SENIORS AND DEDICATED DETERMINATION

Aug 3rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We have watched it all week at the Olympics. We have seen how dedicated determination takes one from goal to achievement. We have witnessed the sheer will to win and to come out on the other side with determined victory. It is a lesson for us all.

Those of us who are older now and whose health has begun to discourage us need the lesson of the Olympians, no matter their age. The point is not age, the point is in dedicated determination. The will to overcome, to succeed, to push the limits as far as they need be and can be pushed. Giving up is not an option. Deciding and doing are disciplines of one who knows that demonstrating to oneself and to others that you can do it is.



SENIOR SACRIFICES: GIVING UP THE BAD STUFF

Jul 27th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As we age, we discover some of the things that might have been foregone earlier on. And, we would likely be better off for it. An example: smoking. Some of our brothers and sisters still insist upon it, staining their fingers, coloring their teeth, shaking the room with a cough. At the time it seemed harmful enough; but now the damage is clear.

Apart from the very bad signal that it sends about yourself and the dilatory effects it has on health and body, smoking is one of the most insidious of the bad things that many refuse to surrender.

There are others. But, at the top of most lists comes this one. It really isn’t a sacrifice at all. The



PREFERRED SENIOR BEHAVIOR: GENTLENESS

Jul 24th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It shouldn’t be a complicated thing to define and create a goal of being gentle in life’s actions and interactions as we age. Preferred behavior for seniors, having been through as much as we have by social security age, should be a fairly achievable accomplishment.

Mellow, serene, gentle behavior all are contributors to better health, less anxiety, more peaceful and tranquil life experiences. These are the elements of discovering how to live out a life in which the reward for defining such behaviors leads to a healthier lifestyle.

How you choose to define these behaviors, to manifest them in your day to day living, is a personal



SEISMIC SHIFTS IN SENIOR LIVING

Jul 18th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Abnormal is the new normal. Especially for seniors. There are so many plates that are shifting in our perception, experience and understanding of the world, culture, economics, politics, discoveries, upheavals and major cataclysmic events. Denial is one of the features of current adaptation. It doesn’t work, but it is still regularly employed.

The world is no longer your grandfather’s world, or for that matter your father’s. It isn’t even ours. Understanding, grasping, accommodating the vast and somewhat overwhelming changes is a day to day function dedicated to our reading, listening, trying to filter just what is happening in the world in which we now reside.



LAUGHING AT YOURSELF: A TRUE BLESSING IN LIFE

Jun 7th, 2012 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Following is a Guest Post by Irene Watson. Although she writes from the perspective of the codependent, her message is right on for senior citizens everywhere. You can follow her blog at Rewriting Life Scripts.

Being in recovery can often be a balancing act. One point we may have difficulty with, which may not seem like a big deal but is nevertheless vitally important, is our sense of humor, our ability to laugh and especially to laugh at ourselves.

When we’re codependent, or addicted, or any other issue we have that is dysfunctional, we may feel like all the world is against us and we become overly concerned about what other people think. We may have exhibited



PROBIOTICS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTHY SENIOR LIVING

May 27th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

The Science of Probiotics We seniors hear and read a lot  about probiotics these days. The nurse-practitioner at the doctor’s office recently told us to start taking probiotics, and continue for the rest of our lives.  She also encouraged us not to get them at the local drug stores or big-box stores; rather we need [...]



SENIORS: ANTICIPATE THE POSITIVE

Mar 26th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Scheduled for surgery next week, one is prone to wonder: “What’s next?” None of us, as we age is immune from the possibilities that confront us as we age. Visiting with a long time acquaintance the other evening, now in her 90′s, I learned she has been through a rough time over the past year. She is not the type to dwell on her limitations or physical down turns. She is the type to report what’s going on, briefly, and to move on to other more provocative subjects, the likes of which have kept her vital and intriguing as she has celebrated her birthdays.

Of course, it is not great fun to be plagued with one or another physical set backs. Come they do and will. Our choices remain. How we decide to manage them, deal with them, and stay in charge remains our challenge. It is so refreshing to experience someone who has clearly chosen to be undeterred by what might be a brooding kind of existence. There are countless