Posts Tagged ‘ prepare for death ’

SENIORS HELP OTHERS WITH ESTATE PLANNING

Jul 9th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This column will not apply to everyone. Unfortunately. It is written for seniors whose economic circumstances are such that you will be in a position to pass along some of your resources to others. For those who are in the quandary of having too little in reserve for their own retirement, this column may spur others to enlarge their sympathy for you and your circumstances.

Many who are retired and whose financial portfolio allows for planning the distribution of your estate, both now and later, are in a wonderful position to exercise enormous caring and support of others.

An article recently revealed a number of excessively wealthy, in company with Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, who



ON THIS SIDE OF TOMORROW

Jul 1st, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Get ready, for it is coming. Tomorrow, for all its tempting possibilities, imposes some need for preparation before it arrives. Yesterday is too late. Today is the moment for anticipating and preparing. Tomorrow is when it happens.

Therefore, today’s possibilities offer the moment for getting on board before tomorrow arrives.

A few considerations worthy of putting in your “to do” box for tomorrow.

Have you prepared a Power of Attorney in the event of its need?



SENIORS LEAVE MONEY TO THEIR CHILDREN

Jun 9th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Trillions Bequeathed to Survivors The consulting firm, Accenture, projects retirees will leave over $30trillion to their offspring over the next 30-40 years. That’s a lot of money, and Baby Boomers need to be thinking about how they want to divide their assets. The considerations are important because your assets are part of your legacy, and [...]



FOR SENIORS: WHEN MORTALITY KNOCKS

Aug 9th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The next door neighbor to my Mom in the Care Facility where she resides heard the knock of mortality this past week. Surgery introduced him and us to how close it is. He returned from the hospital with the message, shared by the physicians, that it is now only a matter of time. Not a pleasing message to hear. Not an encouraging word to ready oneself for what’s next. Complications from surgery brought the message home. Sometimes, it seems, living with things as they are may be better than trying to trick mortality out of a “little while longer.” Whatever the circumstances now it is a matter of keeping the patient comfortable and patiently await the inevitable. Not a pleasant prospect, in any case.

And yet, when mortality knocks there are several available options to consider. They are, by definition, not



SENIORS:AVOID DYING WITH REGRETS

Mar 4th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Seniors Live With Regrets When seniors know they are dying, it is not uncommon for them to talk about what they regret. When an elderly woman was dying, she asked her four daughters to forgive her all the things she did wrong.  They were filled with the grief of losing her and didn’t know what [...]



SENIOR CONCERNS: NOT IMMINENT, BUT NECESSARY

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

Seniors are frequently met with not imminent, but necessary situations in which a preemptive readiness serves well. When health situations are such that there are increasingly present symptoms of not feeling “well” or “right,” this usually portends the need for a physician’s review. There come times when even that may not address whatever is going on. Such times open the door for being ready to take necessary additional steps.

Before there are any health issues which suggest death may be near, this is a good time to evaluate the details that will, at some point, inevitably follow. Most seniors have made preparations, particularly if they have lived in the same place for a long time, their partner has predeceased them, they have had a series of illnesses or have been guided to take care of their own wishes in advance. Especially is it important for everyone involved to be aware of those wishes.



Seniors: Prepare for Your Death

Oct 18th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The title of the sermon was How to be a Good Dead Person. And it was the second in a series. The church is in a community primarily composed of senior citiens. The minister didn’t get thrown out on his ear, and people in the congregation really seemed to resonate with what he was saying. It was based on the Ecclesiastes verses in Chapter 3, about there being a time for everything… including a time to be born and a time to die.

He told the story of the woman who, when he preached a similar sermon a few years ago in another church, stormed out, withdrew her membership from the congregation and said, “I don’t go to church to hear about dying!”