Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen happiness ’

JUST FOR SUNDAY: 07/29/12

Jul 29th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Start humming a favorite tune. Identify a melody that lifts your spirits. Find a song to which you know the lyrics and begin softly playing out that melody in your mind. See what happens. Whatever had your mind locked up suddenly creates an opening for pleasure and escape from other pursuits. It is an escape of legitimate opportunity.

You don’t even have to pay royalties for that long time favorite. You can hum it until you are weary of it and then move on to another. What a magnificent break. It can be a lofty tune, couched in heavy background music. It can be a light romantic set of lyrics that opens a floodgate of memories. It can be a song you knew dozens of years ago or something you have



THE MYSTIQUE OF AN ENDURING RELATIONSHIP

Jul 19th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

She is 69 today. We have been together for 37 years. It has been a time of growth, wonder, love, fulfillment and all the magnificence of a remarkable relationship. It blossoms and grows daily. It is ours and the worth of it increases with every life’s moment.

When I look at her I know that all of this is shared. It is and has always been a two-way street. Were there rough spots and hills to climb and detours to avoid along the way? Of course! But all of those have been slight compared to the wonder of shared readiness to take them on.

Now, we are in our sterling years. We are at that time when life takes on mesmerizing shapes and unexpected surprises and occasional



A MORNING FIT FOR A RETIREE

May 24th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Most days, where we live, are strikingly beautiful, full of sunshine, cool air, until around early afternoon, days filled with opportunity and pleasure. If you are fortunate enough to live in a similar location, you know that such mornings are gifts beyond measure. If you are also freed from major responsibility of groundskeeping and other chores that come with home ownership, you are twice blessed.

Retirement for many brings with it the multiple rewards of having numerous choices for the enjoyment of daily living and the fulfillment of a life aimed at arriving at just such a place.

Travel, for some, is the routine that allows for exploring the world and going places only previously dreamed of.



SENIORS: ANTICIPATE THE POSITIVE

Mar 26th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Scheduled for surgery next week, one is prone to wonder: “What’s next?” None of us, as we age is immune from the possibilities that confront us as we age. Visiting with a long time acquaintance the other evening, now in her 90′s, I learned she has been through a rough time over the past year. She is not the type to dwell on her limitations or physical down turns. She is the type to report what’s going on, briefly, and to move on to other more provocative subjects, the likes of which have kept her vital and intriguing as she has celebrated her birthdays.

Of course, it is not great fun to be plagued with one or another physical set backs. Come they do and will. Our choices remain. How we decide to manage them, deal with them, and stay in charge remains our challenge. It is so refreshing to experience someone who has clearly chosen to be undeterred by what might be a brooding kind of existence. There are countless