Posts Tagged ‘ retirement satisfaction ’

SENIORS: CHOOSING TO BE CONTENT WHERE WE ARE

Dec 11th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

While it is colder this morning, it is not nearly so cold as it is in other parts of the United States where we have lived. We are among those seniors who have made the choice to live in the southwest, where abundant sunshine, shirt sleeve weather, some still even in shorts, and a tolerable seven day a week climate greets us each morning.

Checking the temps in places like Chicago and Omaha and Des Moines, one is quick to conclude that a return to many of the endearing qualities of the midwest really is not a viable consideration. Having lived in Omaha for 20 years, we found its many virtues to be delightful, enchanting and beguiling. Weather, however, was not one of them. That does not mean there aren’t occasions when nostalgia takes charge and reminds us of the many good qualities of midwestern hospitality and generous friendships.



Seniors: The Happiest Ones I Know

Sep 9th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The happiest seniors I know are those who are still gainfully active. Now, here, “gainfully” does not necessarily imply recieving income, being on some kind of wage or salary. It is being regularly occupied at tasks or undertakings from which the gain received is the pure joy and satisfaction of being productive. Some of the people I know are heavily invested in their business, profession or occupation, and are now past 70. They have committed themselves to continue to find ways to occupy their mind, their skills, their life long dedication to an enterprise or calling that they continue to gain reward from day to day investment.

Some have declared they do not intend to retire. Some of my high school graduating classmates are still deeply involved in their life long careers. Some are attorneys, others are in businesses they have operated for 40 years and more; some sustain family operations that have been passed down to them, others have found occupations which give them income