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JUST FOR SUNDAY: 09/16/ 12

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

Perhaps, the trees have been conversing with this senior of late. In the process of a move, we took a short break to visit our cousins on the adjoining property. Enroute, there were signs of recent storms, fallen limbs, downed fences, a gate crushed and heavily damaged, scattered debris along the roadway.

Maybe the limbs are saying, wait a while. Don’t rush. Life is too short anyway. Maybe the storm snuck in one night leaving its natural reminders that suggest we shouldn’t hurry away. Old trees dropping their limbs letting out a cry of loneliness and disappointment. After all our family has shared this land for 160 years and more. After all today is the 97th birthday of my father, caretaker and tender of these trees, this land until his death a number of years ago. After all, trees come to share in the ownership of the land they have helped nurture, shade, and protect.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 08/26/12

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

This may be the lull before the storm. The forecast suggests that a hurricane may wander into Florida in just days. Its impact could offer heavy destruction to Haiti, yet again. Thousands of Haitians are still living under the despair caused by an earlier earthquake. If this hurricane hits, what will be the plight of those already suffering despair beyond description.

Unfortunately the focus may be on Tampa, where gather a bunch of political junkies who await crowning their nominee for president. That gathering and its “trumped” up enthusiasm is far less important on the scale than those who have little to eat, no warmth to relieve their perilous plight.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 08/19/12

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

Into the middle of August, still hot, drought deepens, weather continues to be top news, along with hot politics, vacations ending, school about to resume, autumn awaits, storms brew in some quarters. Such are the conditions as we approach the ninth month of the year.

Many wonder what awaits. Some fret over the possible outcome. Some pray for a particular conclusion. Others shake their heads in confusion and depression. Who is telling it “like it is?” Who is setting us up for radical and threatening changes that may hold frightening prospects?

A few suggestions:

Let not the current tide of events sweep you up in their



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 08/05/12

Aug 5th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Permission is granted for a period of relaxed meditation as you begin this new week. Seniors are allowed as long as you wish today to set yourself a frame of mind which offers peace and calm. Do not permit any other interruptions. This is your time for drifting into silence and serenity. This is your occasion to give your body and spirit full control of your persona. This is your opportunity to release yourself from all fret and worry, any anxiety, any despair. Be free of the troubles that would pull at you, free yourself of any frustration and troubling thoughts.

Allow as much time as you will. Go to a quiet place. Choose an environment that lends itself to solitude. Listen only to the sounds of nature and the quiet murmuring of the wind. Offer no attention to anything



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 07/29/12

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

Start humming a favorite tune. Identify a melody that lifts your spirits. Find a song to which you know the lyrics and begin softly playing out that melody in your mind. See what happens. Whatever had your mind locked up suddenly creates an opening for pleasure and escape from other pursuits. It is an escape of legitimate opportunity.

You don’t even have to pay royalties for that long time favorite. You can hum it until you are weary of it and then move on to another. What a magnificent break. It can be a lofty tune, couched in heavy background music. It can be a light romantic set of lyrics that opens a floodgate of memories. It can be a song you knew dozens of years ago or something you have



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 07/15/12

Jul 15th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors Top Five Wants

Among the things seniors want most in their lives are these five:

Healthy bodies and minds.

A good disposition and positive attitude.

Friends and family to love and enjoy.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 07/01/12

Jul 1st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Independence Day falls in the middle of the week this year. No book-ended days off associated with a weekend. Just one day. Just one day to celebrate, commemorate, dedicate to acknowledging this antique holiday that still holds lots of significance and symbolism for Americans. Perhaps our attention will be better and more sharply focused on what this holiday, July 4, means. Perhaps we will give thought to the historical and rich heritage of just why it is that we have such a day at all.

Obviously, the day is set aside to mark independence of the colonies from the English throne. The declaration was written by five notables, who had participated in drafting the Declaration of Independence. Of those, John Adams had insisted upon July 2 as the appropriate date for marking recognition of Independence. However, the



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 06/24/12

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

The lazy and dog days of summer are definitely here. Seniors are among those with the greatest need for preparations to stay cool. Weather forecasters are touting triple digit temperatures and the need to stay hydrated. Records are about to be broken and hot weather demands seniors to take caution in keeping cool and warding off discomfort. In spite of our measures, the hot weather will have its way.

Smart seniors will take all the necessary precautions, where possible. Afraid of the high cost of utilities some will err too much on the side of keeping it too hot inside your home. Staying inside, drinking lots of water and keeping the shades drawn are simple but helpful steps to take. These are good days to use common sense and maintain a reasonable temperature in your home.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 6/3/12

Jun 3rd, 2012 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior citizens enjoy reveling in their memories, and every day offers something memorable about it. Friday was our daughter’s birthday. That delicious mature woman who has translated her life into an active professional career, has demonstrated the skills of motherhood, has evidenced sensitivity in numerous ways. She is worthy of more than a pat on the back, particularly right now. She went through back surgery last week. She is now dealing with the after affects of surgery and recovery.

Two other nieces also celebrate their birthdays on June first. They are equally deserving of our remembering their accomplishments and remarkable personalities. My guess is that it is almost impossible for any of us to identify a date and for there not to be something peculiar, particular and poignant about that date.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 5/20/12

May 20th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Life is more than taking up space. Assigned your desk in your early school experience, you were really being given the place where all kinds of magic could happen. You were then, just as now in your senior years, being encouraged to reach out to the world and grab what comes along.

Life is a series of taking up space, but it is richer and more wondrous when it is grabbed with gusto and shared with enthusiasm. Life is filled with space taking, but it is fuller when that space taking becomes more than standing on line or filling a seat or waiting your turn. What you do with yourself while you are engaged in taking up space is really what defines life. Giving in to boredom and wasting life offers unhealthy ways to see who you are and what you can be.