Posts Tagged ‘ helping others ’

SENIORS FALLING INTO GRACE

Jul 15th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Over the weekend, this 74 year old adult male took a tumble. Walking our 3 dogs along a familiar sidewalk, I tripped on a protruding sidewalk seam and went face down, experiencing a chin gash requiring a few stitches, a fractured right arm, abrasions on my knees not to mention the embarrassment that accompanied all of this.

With Sharon attending the dogs and trying to assist me, a young man, accompanied by his spouse and child, stopped to offer assistance, pick me up off the sidewalk and took me home less than a block away.

We made our way to the nearest Urgent Care Center, where two highly competent women attended me, took care of the immediate needs, did an x ray revealing my fractured arm, near the elbow, and assured us that none of the injuries had been life threatening.



WHY SHOULD SENIORS CARE?

Dec 14th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With all the outlets for caring expressed this time of year, why should seniors care? Why should seniors need to participate in the giving and caring for others so urged on by so many charitable organizations, groups, churches, and sundry not for profits?

It’s quite simple, because many of us have both the wherewithal to give and in not a few cases have been the recipients of caring from others.

The down to earth fact is that the holidays exact from us the very spirit of the occasion. Giving to others, demonstrating deep concern for their life condition, collecting essential needs including food, clothing, blankets,



JUST FOR SUNDAY, 11/04/12

Nov 4th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With bad news abounding, there is enormous need for encouragement and uplift in these days approaching the end of the year. Some espouse their peculiar discoveries for inspiration in unusual methods. Others are content to find solace in traditional rituals. Still others seek and seem to find theirs through exotic connections.

Whatever works well for you is worth pursuing. Whatever gives you encouragement and strength in these times of difficulty is to be recommended. When standing in line for gas or food, one needs something to ponder other than the line’s slow movement and the crowd’s growing impatience. When life is blocked by a reality that makes the day feel miserable then is the moment for finding relief and sustenance of the spirit.

This is not just a test, this matter of developing a means for coping, this is life. It is



JUST FOR SUNDAY, 1/29/12

Jan 29th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, started her practice in New York in 1851. Not only was she unable to find patients–no one would even rent her a room once she mentioned that she was a doctor. After weeks of trudging the streets, she finally rented rooms from a landlady who asked no questions about what Elizabeth planned to do with them.

Quaker women, who had always been receptive to the goal of equal rights, became Elizabeth’s first patients. But no hospital would would allow her on its staff. Finally, with financial help from her Quaker friends, Elizabeth opened her own clinic in one of New York’s worst slums.



SENIORS: ONE THING YOU CAN DO

Jan 19th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are caught wondering what it is you can do that demonstrates compassion and offers a means for service to others, here are twelve suggestions.

1. Recognize that you can do something. Create a special ONCE A MONTH calendar. On this calendar post one thing you can do to be helpful to others.

For example: January: Offer your services to your local food bank, providing pick up of food goods from grocery and other stores who are willing to make sizable donations. Identify persons/families who need the food. Connect the two.



SENIORS: ADJUSTING TO DECLINE

Oct 5th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There are articles and issues that I had as soon not broach. However. a healthy approach to life and living doesn’t permit that. Denial is a form of coping. It is not a very good way to go about dealing with the multitude of adjustments and adversities that come our way, but it is a way.

Choosing to be courageous, realistic and prepared to deal with those reversals, for they frequently are that, that come our way, is the more appropriate of available options.

Decline in health matters is one of those adjustments that emerge as we, or others in our close circle, age. The signs are sometimes obvious and glaring. Often they are subtle and not so evident. The discovery of indicators of decline can, by itself, be cause for an



Seniors: Maybe Solutions for What Ifs

Jul 26th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The persistent heat wave which has gripped a large segment of our nation continues unabated. The fear of a default, throwing the US economy into doldrums never before experienced, continues to create uncertainty. The possibility lingers that many who depend on Social Security and Medicare may be unable to do so. The radical reduction and cuts for those who need a safety net is under immediate threat.

These are just the biggies. What about the lengthening list of other frightening possibilities that leave more and more persons intimidated by lack of employment, the disappearance of benefits, the cutting back of more and more services?

Here are a few Maybe solutions for the What Ifs that keep coming like the next disaster.



The Pain of Disaster Recovery for Seniors

Jun 24th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

How do you start over, when your life now lies in shambles, and everything you were is gone? That is the scene in towns and villages across America this spring. That is the quandary. In some places, where the disaster is still fresh and recovery is dreadfully slow, the scars just don’t seem to heal over.

In Joplin, Tuscaloosa, most recently Greer, Arizona, and the flooded homes and farms along the Mississippi, the crops, lost to this season, and who knows how many more, the wetlands in Louisiana, the loss of the fishing industry along the coast, the flooding yet to come from snow melt, the thousands who still await some encouragement, some sign, some help, some hope… what about all of these?

How do I share my deep down care for those who are still stacking sand bags, clearing away debris, searching for just one keepsake?



Seniors: Translating Time into Talent

Apr 29th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Have you ever thought about doing something that you never thought you could do? Have you ever considered taking on new hobbies, developing new skills, exploring adventures that you have always put off?

I know a dear saint who has translated her time into the talent of taking care of animals. She volunteers in two communities at the local Humane Society. She and her husband have put their energies, resources and commitment to work caring for and providing for pets, who otherwise would have abbreviated lives. They are saints in the best sense of the word. Their devotion and commitment takes on demonstrable and actual hands on caring. They have plowed resources into facilities and surroundings where pets, waiting for new parents, await.

The result of all of this is that this couple is respected, happy, serene