Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen health concerns ’

Seniors: Healing Activities Following Illness or Surgery

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

Assuming you have some hint that dealing with an illness or surgery may be imminent, part of the preparations for that would well be laying out a plan for things to do while recovering. Illnesses often come on without much warning as we senior citizens age. But, when they do having someone who can help entertain you, get you through the day, assuming you feel like any activity at all, is helpful for speeding up the process of recovery. Other means include entertaining yourself, e.g. sudoku or wordoku, crossword puzzles, solitaire, other independent activities which allow for your mind to be kept active and off your condition. It also helps prevent too much bothersome prevailing on your spouse, friend or whomever is there to be helpful to you.

Surgery is quite another matter. It will, at least



The Well Person Exam: A Senior’s Obligation

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

Like flies surrounding a merangue pie, the number of appointments are increasing. Good news: the annual Well Person Physical Exam came out in our favor. Both my spouse and I came through with stellar reports. Of course, there are some bothersome matters which require further analysis. One, for me, is what is called gait instability and has to do with some balance issues. Hopefully that can be addressed and assisted with some physical therapy and then we’re off to deal with some vision issues which are somewhat troublesome, paricularly for one who has had three corneal transplants.

The real point here is to remain alert to health check ups which, when scheduled at appropriate intervals, may head off difficult or more serious matters, if left to “wait and see” approaches.

None of us looks forward to medical appointments. After all, there is always that looming anxiety that something could show up which portends more difficult matters requiring



Time for Your Flu Shot, Seniors

Sep 25th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Flu season generally occurs during the cold half of the season in each hemisphere, thus November-April in the North.  The CDC is warning that the H1N1 virus could show up again this season (2010).  Senior citizens need to arrange now to get their flu shots.  The CDC cautions, “Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine [...]



Senior Health Tips: What Works for You

Sep 16th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Discovering a formula for healthy senior living that works for you on a daily basis is a very essential and important undertaking. When you have reached what feels like a stabilized condition in your daily health habits, then you are at a good place to determine what you are doing right. My own experience in retirement has affirmed that there are several factors that need to be reinforced and given all the encouragement possible to continue at a healthy pace in my daily routines.

Here are some useful hints:

>Start with a good night’s rest. Allow your sleeping habits to be predictable and do not allow much variation in your going to bed time each night.