Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen concerns ’

Why State Elections Matter

Jun 29th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Voters and State Election Participation

There is almost always reduced voter participation in state and local elections, as numbers reported in past races will testify. The likely cause is voters consider them less important than federal elections. They don’t get as much press and many voters fail to understand the importance of state and local elections. So let’s take a look at why we should change our minds about races closer to home.

Understanding Precincts and Districts

Your voter registration card tells you what precinct and what district you belong to. So who determines where you vote? State and local officials divide up the state into voting districts, and then they divide districts into precincts and assign those precincts to a specific voting location. Increasingly states are permitting mail-in ballots so voting locations are a non-issuse in those cases. However, even people voting by mail are assigned districts and precincts. Why is this important??



Why Should Seniors Vote?

Jun 25th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We are approaching another presidential election in November, 2020. Today SCJ takes a look at why we should consider voting a responsibility we cannot ignore.

Early in our country’s history, only white men could vote. Period. They managed the government and they managed voting for governmental officials. Very slowly, over the course of 200 years, Black men were given the vote. Then in 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed and all women were given the right to vote. In a democracy, voting is the means by which we citizens choose who we want to represent us in local, state and federal government. If you don’t vote, you likely don’t care who represents you.



Driving Issues for Seniors

Jun 22nd, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Driving is not an issue seniors generally like to talk about. But there are times when it is prudent to take a look at the issue and deal with reality. The Center for Disease Control says, ” In 2017, almost 7,700 older adults (aged 65+) were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 257,000 were treated in emergency departments for motor vehicle crash injuries.2 This means that each day, approximately 20 older adults are killed, and an additional 700 are injured in motor vehicle crashes.” These figures exceed the national average.

Driving keeps us mobile and independent, but the older we get, the higher the risk of injury. The CDC reports “Older drivers, particularly those aged 75+, have higher crash death rates than middle-aged drivers (aged 35-54).3 Higher crash death rates among this age group are primarily due to increased vulnerability to injury in a crash.” The CDC has a really valuable web page that talks about senior citizens and driving, and SCJ recommends every senior study the page to learn valuable tools and information to remain safe while driving.



Pandemic Financial Advice

Jun 6th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Advice From Experts

We read some more articles in the May, 2020, AARP Bulletin, finding one that is particularly helpful to seniors concerned about their investments. Jill Schlesinger interviewed eight financial experts and recorded their responses in this article, Expert Advice For Volatile Times. We summarize the article here, but encourage you go to to the original and read it carefully (just click on the link in the previous text).



The 2020 Presidential Election

May 14th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There is a lot of chatter on social information sites about whether or not the Presidential Election will be held this fall (November 3, 2020). Some of the chatter has even made the main-line news. So let’s see if we can set this matter straight.

Federal law requires the election day for president is the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November. The Constitution Center says this about federal presidential elections: “In general, a combination of state or congressional actions (italics added) could delay elections but not postpone the selection of a president and vice president. The only hard deadline spelled out in the Constitution is the end of a president’s term and a vice president’s term on January 20 of the year following a general election.”



Resources in a Pandemic

May 11th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even though some state governors are deciding to permit certain businesses to open. And the results are somewhat disturbing. The incidence of the virus is increasing again, skyrocketing in some states, and the death rate has gone back up again… that skyrocket thing. The facts suggest giving up social distancing at this point isn’t such a good idea. So what does this have to do with resources?

It’s simply an example of why it is a good idea to support your actions with science, facts and research… not caving in to special economic interests in order to preserve votes for the next election. Where can you find science, facts and research?



Transportation Issues for Seniors

May 8th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Staying mentally and physically healthy as we seniors age requires maintaining social contacts with friends and family. They can’t always visit us, so we need to have the option of traveling to see them. It might just be on the other side of town, or it might be in the next county or state. Whatever the distance, we need transportation; we need to maintain the option of being mobile.

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) reports “…nearly 90% of older adults choose to age in place in their communities.” There is a domino-effect here… in order to live successfully in our own homes and/or communities, we must have accessible transportation so we can get to the medical and support services we need. Further, the NADTC says, “While the health impact of reduced access to needed medical services is obvious (missed appointments, emergency hospital visits, lack of continual care), social isolation due to lack of transportation can have an equally negative effect on health and mental health.” If we lose access to reliable and affordable transportation, we face nursing home and assisted living care.



What Are Deputyships? An Explanation

Mar 3rd, 2018 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Deputyships Explained It is a regular occurrence in the senior population to suffer a diminishing of mental capacity later in life, which could lead to the senior citizen finding it difficult to make decisions for him/herself. In this scenario, he/she can appoint a deputy to make important decisions on his/her behalf, provided that the deputy […]



Depression in Seniors

Oct 26th, 2017 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Depression in senior citizens tends to go largely unnoticed. A study by Mental Health America revealed that 2 out of 3 seniors knew ‘little or nothing’ about depression, while only 42% of seniors said that they would seek medical help if they felt depressed. Worryingly, almost 3 in 5 seniors were willing to accept depression as an inevitable part of aging.



Celebrate Active Seniors October 1st

Sep 26th, 2017 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

On Sunday October 1, the International Day of Older Persons will be celebrated and this year’s theme is ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons’. In some quarters, there remains a perception of senior citizens as frail-bodied and mentally struggling. In reality, many senior citizens around the world smash through that stigma by continuing to make extraordinary contributions to their communities and, in some cases, to the world at large.