Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen change ’

SENIOR SACRIFICES: GIVING UP THE BAD STUFF

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

As we age, we discover some of the things that might have been foregone earlier on. And, we would likely be better off for it. An example: smoking. Some of our brothers and sisters still insist upon it, staining their fingers, coloring their teeth, shaking the room with a cough. At the time it seemed harmful enough; but now the damage is clear.

Apart from the very bad signal that it sends about yourself and the dilatory effects it has on health and body, smoking is one of the most insidious of the bad things that many refuse to surrender.

There are others. But, at the top of most lists comes this one. It really isn’t a sacrifice at all. The



SENIORS: TIMING YOUR LAST MOVE

Apr 25th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Time comes when seniors give consideration to the last move. Your retirement home, no matter how desirable, is just too large. The escalating costs for keeping it up and meeting its maintenance obligations continue to proliferate. Family, for whom it was built in part for their occasional visits, don’t come around much. So, why is it we hang on to where we are, a house full of a life time of collections, furniture, objects ‘d art, ad infinitum? Last week alone, the hot water heater and washer both went wanting for the so called “lonely repair man”

The indictments seem to pile up regularly. The time to go to court and face the “music,” is drawing ever nigh. Mixed metaphors perhaps, but the truth is there somewhere.



SENIORS: SIX PRIORITIES FOR THE NEW YEAR

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

Tell someone everyday that you love them. Don’t wait for some external provocation. Initiate it yourself. Be generous in your exclamations. Be thoughtful in your generous sharing of love. You and whomever you share this experience with will be enriched by it. Even if you don’t receive feedback right away, don’t give up. Keep this as your top priority all year long.

Communicate with the people in your life who have been and continue to be special and important to you. When this year ends, don’t end it with regrets. Choose those whom you know will be moved by your remembering them. If they don’t reciprocate, that’s okay. It is your move that counts.



THE DAYS BEFORE

Dec 27th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There are fewer days between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but, for the most part, there is also less to do to be ready. Selecting what to wear, vowing to be safe and cautious, swearing to limit the amount of spirits to be consumed, making last minute “good wishes” calls. That’s about it, unless you are hosting an occasion, which will mean a completely different set of “to dos.”

The Days Before provide for time to be adequately recovered from the Christmas celebrations to put on a whole different costume in readiness for a new year. We speak figuratively here of “costumes.” What we wear, we find as we grow older, is really less important than who we are and how we choose to present ourselves. It is no time to be foolish. It is time to have a good time, but to do so with a posture of appropriateness and a spirit to be shared with and by all.