Posts Tagged ‘ productive aging ’

Time for the Swan Song?

Jul 9th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

One of the experiences of aging that creates emotional distress for senior citizens is figuring out when to stop a life-long activity or behavior. Driving, climbing ladders, walking without assistance, cooking, cleaning, living alone… are all common issues seniors have to make decisions about.

In addition to those, there are some that are specific to lifestyle and earlier career choices. I remember the evening Jerry came home from performing a wedding service saying that was his “Swan Song”. When I asked him about it, he reminded me when Frank Sinatra gave his last performance, many critics said he needed to give it up. He just couldn’t sing and perform well anymore. Jerry reported he learned that about himself that evening.



AGING: DAY TO DAY CHANGES

Aug 12th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Everyday adjustments and changes are so subtle, we hardly recognize them as they are happening. Discovering my thyroid to have crashed early in retirement was a complete surprise. To find out that prostate cancer had invaded my body and required immediate removal was a total shock, requiring quick, decisive action. After five years, I remain free and clear. Macular degeneration, with the cleverness of a thief in the night, showed up with progressive and aggressive indicators. Mother’s death, while expected, brought about the shock that decline refuses to hide. We watch as friends take on the battles that ill health forces upon all of us. Day to day changes come and go, and their coming and going introduce us to the realities of living and dying.



AGING: FLOATING ON CALM SEAS

Aug 5th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Making choices has consequences. Every choice we make may lead to an outcome unpredictable and undesirable, or outcomes may be very positive. At the time we make a choice, we aren’t always aware of how dramatic the results may be. If life is seen as a boat floating on calm seas, that is the most desirable of situations, particularly as we age.

Therapists, counselors, physicians, and pastors will all tell you that keeping your ship trim and floating on calm seas offers opportunity to be mentally fit, physically strong, happily serene.

When a ship is out of trim, it is likely to be unprepared for a voyage. Keeping in mind that any journey



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 12/2/12

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It is no small task to keep up with all the people, older friends, long time acquaintances whom seniors wish to remember at holiday time. Even with the Internet, it is still possible that they will have slipped between the cracks since last year. Moves, death, disability, choice, misplaced means for contact all contribute to our being absent to people who have long meant much to us. It is an undertaking to identify where they are now, what their life is like, how we are to be in touch with them.

Doing so, however, offers huge reward. Slipping the bonds of contact is not something we do intentionally. It just happens. And with that, we have misplaced a treasure of our life, never to be regained.

Before we are too deep into the holidays, seniors deserve to take the time to do the archeology necessary to uncover means for staying in touch with long time friends. It may require considerable digging. It may mean a minimal investment. It may take some phone calls. But once the discovery is made, the reward is



NEVER TAKEN FOR GRANTED: A THANKSGIVING DECLARATION

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

You, dear Reader, are never taken for granted. While you may have spent half the night in lines awaiting Black Friday bargains, while you may have gorged yourself into a state of euphoria on Thanksgiving Day, while you may have an agenda a foot long for today’s demands, and while you may have little or no time to drop by, we don’t take you for granted.

You are what makes us go. You are the motivation that keeps SCJ alive and vital and current. You are the one who inspires us to get up and be about it. You are the fulfillment of our goals. You are the initiative that spurs us to be here for you day after day… thanks to you, you are the reason we exist.

During these holidays you may visit us less frequently, you nevertheless are in our thoughts. Someone out here is



BABY BOOMERS CHOOSE RETIREMENT NICHE COMMUNITIES

Apr 29th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

BBs Redefine Retirement We senior citizens have been told for several years now that Baby Boomers will redefine retirement.  They have redefined almost everything else they lived through.  Why not include retirement?  BBs are those folk born after WWII, beginning about 1946 and ending about 1965.// Baby Boomers are the generation that wants to live [...]



PRODUCTIVE AGING IN AMERICA

Apr 5th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior Citizen Journal’s(SCJ) commitment to partnering with seniors for productive aging just received a huge boost. The Aging in America conference was held over the weekend (April 1, 2012) in Washington DC. The president and CEO of AgeWave, Ken Dychtwald said, “Anyone who thinks [the boomers] will turn 65 and be the same as the generation before are missing out on the last 60 years of sociology,” he said. “The boomers change every stage of life through which they migrate.” (HuffPost, April 2, 2012)

SCJ has been writing about the influence of Baby Boomers for almost four years now. Average longevity for men and women is now pushing 90 years. Living beyond 100 is no longer unusual. Seniors today know they probably have many productive years after they retire, if they retire at all. We’re looking at a new model of senior living.



OSCAR AWARDS HONOR SENIORS

Feb 28th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Oscar Night Highlights Seniors Did you watch the Oscars?  We did, and both of us were struck with how many senior citizens were honored with Oscars. First, Billy Crystal was the host and he is 63.  Meryl Streep got Best Actress; she is 62.  Christopher Plummer is 82 and he received Best Supporting Actor; he [...]



SENIOR CITIZEN JOURNAL: GROWING OLDER PRODUCTIVELY

Feb 28th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When we began creating Senior Citizen Journal, we had no idea that it would come to have such popular and consistent readership internationally. Our efforts, while humble, have come to suggest that seniors are curious and concerned for their day to day welfare and productivity. Rightly so. We are pleased that our contributions are so widely and well received. We are hopeful that they will continue to be. We are committed to reflect the concerns and issues which are part of a senior’s on-going adjustments to aging.

It happens that your issues are the very ones that catch us up in our day to day questions, struggles, interests. The fact is that we have a great deal in common. That is so because we are at the very center of the concerns that are tantamount to growing older. Frankly, aging is a process. And that process engages us in identifying all the variety of issues that present



AS WE AGE: A PRIMER FOR GROWING OLDER

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

Aging doesn’t happen all at once. Margery Williams, famous for “The Velveteen Rabbit,” allows that it takes awhile. Your fur rubs off and eyes drop out. That’s a pretty accurate picture.

No, we don’t learn it all at once. We don’t discover the amazing secrets that come with experience and lessons from our elders and our own stumblings and fumblings as we grow older.

A repetitive surprise that seems to come our way as we age is believing that you are now (state your current age). It seems only yesterday that my age was so much less an issue. It seems impossible that I have been retired (state how long). It just isn’t conceivable that my parents have lived as long as they did or have. It isn’t really true that my grandchildren are in