Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen blog ’

SENIOR CITIZEN JOURNAL: WHERE TEAMWORK IS KEY

Nov 28th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior Citizen Journal is produced six days a week, excluding Saturdays, when most of our readers seem to be off doing whatever it is is retirees do on Saturdays. It is written, edited and produced by Doctors Sharon Shaw Elrod and Jerry D. Elrod. We have been married for 36 years. Our lives have been dedicated to professional responsibilities and positions over those years. Upon retirement our daughter, when asked by Sharon one day, what her suggestion would be to occupy “my” time and interests, replied: “Have him create a blog on the internet.” Thus, our collaborative enterprise was born.

That has been a few years ago now and we are extremely pleased with the results. Our international readership has become increasingly devoted and increases by the week. The formula for this has been the teamwork that goes into creating this daily presentation of articles, opinions, ideas, information and inspiration to help our readers become our “partners in



Senior Care Centers Require Close Scrutiny

Aug 30th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Quality conditions and service vary significantly among Senior Care Centers. (Here we refer to Assisted Care, Memory Care, Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing facilities, etc.) Usually the satisfaction of the resident is directly associated with the quality and effectiveness of that care. And that is usually attached to the overall costs charged back to the resident.

Quality care, however, even in those top of the line centers cannot always be presumed. Most such centers, not all, are profit making. This, as in any enterprise, drives the cost to service ratio. In smaller communities, even mediocre care can be expensive. While some residents enjoy both subsidized care and/or long term care insurance, the costs usually are such that additional resources must be called upon.



What Do Seniors Want to Be Called?

May 16th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When I became a Senior Pastor, I thought I had arrived. It sounded as if I had been given a credibility that was lacking before the application and addition of that word. It seemed to have an echo of authority, wisdom. It denoted being in charge. It seemed to ring with a tone of respect.

What I would come to find out, as many in supervisory roles do, is that the problems no one else wanted, the decisions that had to be made came to me. That didn’t always indicate I knew the answers, but that my desk was the one big enough to assume the weight of the tough stuff. It also meant that there were issues and circumstances behind every door that only I had the key to unlock. And, it meant that, when it came to matters of dealing with employees, guess who got the assignment?



Canine and Feline Companions for Senior Citizens

Jul 13th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Part of the joy of everyday living is having pets. In our case, the pets are canine. One is a daschund, the other a papillion. They are rescues, found on the Internet, while I was recovering from surgery. (www.petfinders.com) That was over two years ago.

They have melted our hearts many times since then. They are more precious than the finest jewels. They are playful, curious, good exercise companions on our daily walks and just plain lovable. When we are away from them, even for a brief few hours, we miss them terribly. Are they spoiled? Of course, but not excessively so. Are they loved? Of course and excessively so! Their companionship offers us the rewards of their unique personalities, the expressions of attention they give to us and receive from us. They are like children, full of surprises. They are like pets, forever loyal. They are Zebediah, our black dachshund and Patton, our white and black papillion.



When the Nest Gets Crowded: Seniors’ Children Come Back Home

Jul 7th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

One of the glaring evidences of today’s economic slide comes in the numbers of “children” who are moving back home following college. During the past several decades the shift in persons who have entered college and received their diplomas has increased, while the numbers of available jobs for persons with degrees has not kept pace. This has created a major paradigm shift in living patterns, requiring senior citizens to house their children who have graduated from college, but find themselves unable to find productive employment.

Persons at retirement often look forward to the empty nest. However, statistics show that more and more college graduates are returning to the safe haven of their parents’ home. This creates a new psychological strain on the family, who thought life would look different once it was emptied of children. Instead, some children find themselves in the paradox of being dependent on their parents, a not too encouraging state of being. Others may find some work which assists in meeting some of the increased expenses of their having moved home.



Retirement: Doing Your Best

Jul 5th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Aging brings with it a profusion of new challenges and experiences which requires our readiness to be ready to engage them. By the time of retirement, most couples are retired. They have made their plans accordingly. They either remain in their traditional home or move away, usually to a place that offers more opportunities for focusing on themselves. By this time the investments in children have paid off and they are off and on their own, thankfully.

While that is not always the case, and in these times, households are often stretched to continue caring for and assisting children without work or a place to live. This is but one of those challenges to emerge as we age. There are more. Depending upon when one chooses to retire, there is usually a respite period which allows for full focus on the things you always wanted to do: travel, fix up your home, move to another location, explore new and exciting things to do, make more friends, either nurture your roots where they are or transplant



Seniors on the Outside Looking In: A Moral Issue

Jul 2nd, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As a part time Arizona resident, it is my questionable fortune to be able to be an outsider looking in. Sharon and I are always stopped at the state lines between Texas and New Mexico, and New Mexico and Arizona. We are never asked for our papers.

I am a United States Anglo citizen by birth, a lifetime Texan, although I have lived elsewhere over the years. Presently we live in both Texas and Arizona. At one time, we lived in Nebraska. For those who are keeping up with the goings on, all three of these states are in the headlines, demonstrating their opposition to “illegal immigrants” who may be in their states. I have been on the outside of a lot of issues during the years that our residence has been in one or another of these sovereign states. While Congressman Joe Barton expresses his embarrassment over the way BP oil has been treated, I register my disappointment at how American citizens are choosing to behave over the immigration issue.



Fathers, Show How Much You Care

Jun 18th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It never comes too late for a father to express his affection and devotion for his children. Fathers may not always have done it, maybe don’t even do it well yet, but fathers know, in the deep of their hearts, how dear their children, at whatever age, really are. Sure, you may have missed a lot with your kids. Sure you may have sloughed off the responsibility to be there for and with them when you might have. But to continue a pattern of indifference is no excuse at your age now. If fathers haven’t learned how to be sensitive to the feelings of their family, there is something deeply wrong with the father, not the family.

There are dozens of things I wish I had done, those might have beens, now long gone. There are behaviors for which I am deeply ashamed. There were



For Seniors: Admitting Error is a Sign of Strength

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This column covers a plethora of subjects. Most of the time, most of the subjects deal with a whole range of issues and concerns, suggestions and topics which affects the senior citizen individually. Sometime we touch on subjects that are generic. All of these topics are designed to speak to the senior, as he/she goes through the process of productive aging. We do not intend to make enemies, rather we intend to point out and deal with those concerns that have to do with the daily lives of elder persons.

The other day we chose a topic, which aroused some considerable reaction. It dealt with “Assisted Living Sometimes Means Living Without Assistance.” We seem to have hit a nerve. A facility with which we are acquainted, and its corporate staff seemed to respond quite defensively. That’s okay, but a far more



Seniors: Veterans Deserve Better

May 30th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With swirling tides of oil spoiling the Gulf, with the economy in shambles, with the national debt now above a trillion, on its way to a centillion, with unemployment plaguing the lives of hundreds of thousands, with soldiers’ families paying the price of loneliness and heart ache, why can’t we show some compassion and caring, not just for 24 hours, but in our national priorities and policies? Why can’t we take on at least one of the large issues, make decisions to reduce its need for so much of our attention, and move on to other of the plagues now affecting the body politic?

This Veterans day, in some way, in some act of deep appreciation, whether we agreed or agree with the wars fought and the politics that prompted them, can we at least muster up enough sensitive compassion for all those who lost limbs, eyesight, suffered major trauma or died? In the face of a time when there is