Posts Tagged ‘ senior choices ’


Jun 4th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Having the experience of emotional and psychological interruptions, there comes a time to take the villains by the shoulders and shake vigorously. Recognizing that no matter the nature of the senior experience, your taking full control of your emotional state is necessary in order to have a worthwhile and rewarding day to day existence.

It is ours to determine the shape and texture of our personalities, whether to be a person whose disposition is off putting, or one whose behavior is inviting and enjoyable to encounter.

There are numerous and unexpected occasions in our lives that offer making the choice from living


Mar 27th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

More and more, as one walks in the garden, there seem to be more weeds than flowers. This winter seemed to bring more moisture, more cloudy days than usual. Not being a climatologist, I can’t declare for sure, but it seemed so. Thus, the weeds have seemed to proliferate, while those more sensitive and fragrant, more colorful and butterfly-attracting floral species are less in abundance.

One may wonder whether it is more perception than reality. Maybe one is guided more by one’s visual experience than the ability to see it all in a colorful light of fresh and flavorful wonder.

Is this more of a slanted view of the world out there, as spring seems to take on its appearance? Is


Jan 11th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The prospects for life’s being positive and fruitful for seniors is increasingly likely. We are a part of that generation who is experiencing a longer life span, better health during it, enlarged wisdom to make choices that evoke fruitful living.

While many seniors spend an inordinate time fretting about health issues, and too often make visits to physicians, there are options available to reduce the number of appointments to health professionals and providers. It comes with our own choices and decisions. It has to do with diet. It is prompted by sufficient exercise. It is largely influence by attitudes that characterize day to day dispositions.


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

Aging reshapes us. It does so as we blend and bend to the unusual events in our growing. We are not the same today as we were yesterday. We have had mind altering experiences offering us new insights, changing our perspective, shaking up our opinions, entering our system. No two days are alike as we age. We profess our devotion to routine, but really every new day insists upon its unique identity.

To do so it happens that we are deluged with all kinds of incursions into our lives. The more interaction there is, the more blending and bending takes place. We either blend with the episodes that introduce themselves to our persona, we bend to accommodate the often uninvited incursions or we attempt to ignore them. The latter, a futile effort, usually only delays our having to deal with the issues anyway.


Jul 22nd, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Making Choices is the Key Senior citizens living on fixed incomes have the key to happiness in retirement in their hands.  They just may not know it.  Happiness is all about making choices. We choose to be happy, or we choose something else.  Retired or not, life is really quite simple.  Consider this… Alice is [...]


Jul 13th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When living in Omaha and working there back in the 70′s, each day brought an encounter with a dear, aging friend. My question of him each morning would be: “What’s it like, Emmitt?” His reply: “Moving slow, Jerry, moving slow.” He experienced some health issues brought about from a long life of caring for others, working hard at his profession (a minister), and taking seriously the issues of the time. I remind you that it was the 70′s and he was African American.

Every issue, every cause, every ripple affecting the black community landed on his door step. He had served in that part of Omaha for a number of years. He was well known, well respected and liked, and articulate. The result was that he was drawn into every pulse beat involving the African American community.


Feb 19th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Positive Thinking and Happiness In 1952, Norman Vincent Peale published a book called, The Power of Positive Thinking. He described, in a way the average reader could understand, how positive thinking contributes to health and happiness. That publication was the initiation of decades of books on how your thinking affects your life.  What has followed [...]