Posts Tagged ‘ productive aging ’

DOING WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU COULD

Feb 21st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In retirement, during those days when you are somewhat cast adrift, bored or otherwise feel useless, how do you find something in which to invest yourself that gives your life meaning and purpose and satisfaction?

One of the admirable qualities of many who have retired is discovering something uniquely special and creatively enterprising that they can do. Some of the things include: doing wood working, making toys for children, repairing bicycles and giving them away to children who wouldn’t otherwise have them. Or having been somewhat proficient at mechanics, repair an old car and help a young man or woman learn how to keep it running. Or build backyard playgrounds or identify city land on which safe structures can be built and maintained available for neighborhood children.



IMPORTANT ISSUES AS WE AGE

Feb 7th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Aging brings with it realization. Realization is an awakening. An awakening helps us to sort out just who we are as we count down the years. Defining who we are means that we can look at ourselves, inwardly and outwardly, to determine if we draw satisfaction with that person we call I or me.

Among the important issues that bear scrutiny are these few. Numerous others obviously emerge and tempt our recognition. A lot of them certainly are worthy of more than a scant evaluation. .

Choosing to allow integrity to have more sway in my life than lack of it.



DEFEAT SENIOR BODY AND MIND ENEMIES

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

Turning over the authority of your body and mind, post 70, to the enemies who invade us, amounts to waging a very intentional battle. There is no way to escape the full complement of weaknesses to which we may be prone. There is a way to hold some of them at bay.

Let’s investigate the latter: Aging is a very predictable process which will find its subtle and not so subtle ways of reducing our abilities and discouraging our strength and stamina. The first lesson is not to give in. Often, following on a major surgery or other illness, our bodies seem to want to “give up.” The easy chair becomes more and more desirable. Exercise is less and less appealing. Both of these enemies are certain to prevail, if we let them.



A SENIOR QUESTION: WHAT APPROACH DO YOU TAKE AT SCJ?

Jan 31st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The other day I introduced an older gentleman and his lovely wife, who were just one table over from us in a local restaurant, to Senior Citizen Journal. His appropriate question was: “Well, what approach do you take?”

While I might have been taken aback, I was quickly aware I was dealing with a very astute contemporary senior observer. Everybody is somewhat suspicious these days. And everybody is met so often with some self serving agenda, that such a question is quite appropriate and well deserved.



Seniors: Friends, People who Matter

Jun 23rd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Identifying the people who matter as we age is no mean task. Depending upon where you choose to live, a lot of investment will be put into meeting new people, developing new acquaintances, enjoying new friends. If you live in a retirement community, having a plethora of activities which create a steady stream of persons to enjoy is a very productive way to keep interpersonal relationships rich and numerous. Research suggests it may also contribute to longevity and healthier living.

Remaining in one’s previous residence presents something more of a challenge. We moved back to my hometown after a 40 year hiatus. Having departed my senior year in high school, it is obvious there would be many no longer around. However, it was also surprising to see how many had moved on. Many would have made their own choice to move elsewhere, meaning that some you might have liked to have revisited would not be there for the opportunity.



Seniors: Productive Aging, the Source for Staying Young

Jun 22nd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Like you, we are seniors who spend part of our discretionary time each day sorting out what it is we need to know. Senior Citizen Journal has been our means for helping us to identify the kinds of things important to us as we go through the transitions that come with aging and retirement. Oh, that retirement and all it symbolizes were easy. Oh, that it were an adjustment that came automatically, without struggle and difficulty. Clearly, for most of us, it is none of these.

In an effort to come to some understanding about our own aging process and retirement in such a way that we can have some solemnity and peace of mind about ourselves, we chose to create Senior Citizen Journal. Many of you have visited and choose to visit us with frequency. You are what keeps us going. Income from our generating the content of this site is small, thus not a way for us to earn large sums of money to help us through that maze of retirement. More, it is a way to identify and reflect on the kinds of subjects that are fairly



Seniors: Employment May Not Be Best

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

While economic conditions, both personal and universal, may suggest the consideration of seeking employment, it may not be in your own or global self interest. If your own financial circumstances drive the need to look at employment options, it is understandable that looking for ways to improve your situation would be on your list.

However, there are issues beyond just looking for a job. As you assess your own financial picture, do you really need to take a spot more urgently needed by somone who is supporting a young family? While McDonalds is in a current hire of 50,000 persons, would it be wiser to encourage persons whose making a basic living would be enormously helpful to them? Will going back to work affect your Social Security and other benefits? Can you get along on your present income and financial package so that employment will be more of a pasttime than a requirement?



Seniors: Building Blocks for the Next Life Phase

Feb 25th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seventy-two is not a bad age. It can be a very good age and time for persons who:

>are in reasonably good health.

>whose finances are relatively secure.

>whose life mate is well and happy.

>whose own life and world view is flexible and open.



Seniors: Struggles with Aging

Oct 19th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A variety of struggles with aging confront us all. No matter our determination, our resolutions to the contrary will not prevent certain struggles to rise up to greet us with their own determination and resolve. With each passing year, more of those struggles will worm their way into our life’s experience. We may try to resist the onslaughts of these unexpectd attacks. Neveretheless they will come and often prevail. They may be physical or psychological, gastric or genetic, sudden or surprising. They leave us with a sense of foreboding and fear, of lost confidence, of less assurance that we can handle ourselves as once we did so well.

They are things like grasping at memory, sudden aches and inabilities affecting our body in a variety of its parts, slipping motivation that leaves us with apathy and depression. They are attacks of enormous



Productive Aging: Are You Kidding?

Jun 16th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior Citizen Journal touts itself as “Your Partner in Productive Aging”. Not a bad claim. But, how do you expect to live up to it? That is both up to you and us. We need to be constantly on the search for information and helpful contributions to your aging experience that will draw your attention. We commit ourselves to take our collective aging seriously, not so seriously that we can’t laugh at ourselves once in awhile, but worthwhile nonetheless. So here we go again with our audacious attempts at suggesting some ways in which we may be useful to you as we identify “productive aging” hints.

Married, Widowed, Single, Divorced: Whatever your state, defining your needs, developing an understanding of what makes your existence meaningful, useful and dynamic now becomes the most important agenda for you. Identifying this phase of your life in a way that keeps you vital and sparkling becomes