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SENIORS: ACTIVE, INACTIVE, REACTIVE, PROACTIVE

Nov 15th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The choices of activity or lack of it fall under the headings in today’s title. Two are positive and two are negative. Two are desirable and two are undesirable. Two require more initiative and allow for healthier results than the other two. Two stimulate more choices for involvement in productive ways than do the other two. Let’s look at each of them in turn.

ACTIVE choices mean you are or have examined options which propel, impel, compel you to be up and doing, to involve yourself in as much activity and routine ways for keeping your mind alert, your body functioning, your spirit stimulated, your personality vibrant. ACTIVE is a state of being, requiring movement, dexterity, mental acuity, alert frame of mind, bodily sensitivity. No more just “lying around.” That is the sin and temptation of the second of our choices.



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: WHAT DAY IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Oct 28th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Retirees can choose from among seven days which is our favorite. We seniors have the latitude, for the most part, to choose any among the week that seems to give us the most pleasure and satisfaction. Once, when visiting a friend who had retired, he launched into how busy his days were since he and his spouse had retired. They moved from their midwestern home to Branson, Missouri, which had not yet been “discovered.” He noted that an established routine had taken over his time and pointed out that his days went like so:

Sundays: Get ready for and attend church; go out with friends for lunch; watch TV in the afternoon or nap or both.

Mondays: Prepare for the week. Put away Sunday clothes; pick up the house from Sunday, discard newspapers and take out the trash.