Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen issues ’

SENIORS: THINGS I DON’T WANT TO GO THROUGH

Apr 16th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The following is a list, likely not unique to me, of things I simply don’t want to experience. You may already have been through some of these uninvited moments. They have little appeal to most of us and no attraction as something through which we might go. For any of these we have not experienced, let us be thankful.

My spouse suggested that the list alone is too much of a downer, thus prompting me to try to put a different twist on it. So rather than just listing what I don’t want to go through, I’m adding what can be done by any one of us to attempt to avoid or at least manage the negative experience.

Being in a tornado, or other major disaster, and being directly affected by it.



SENIORS: CULTIVATING CONFIDENCE

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Among the interferences that seem to accompany aging is the phenomenon of loss of confidence. It is rather like the winter flu or a very bad cold. It comes upon you surreptitiously. It resides longer than it is welcome. It creates discomfort and fatigue. It is unwelcome, but finds, somehow, a way to occupy your frame of mind.

There is about it the need to call upon some home remedy, a salve or balm or elixir to escort it away. Just as it arrived uninvited, perhaps it can be removed just as suddenly. However, it does have its tricks. Occupying yourself with other thoughts, motivations and distractions may work. It may take longer than you wish. Cultivating confidence can be something like planting an early spring flower bed. It may require some careful tending, some gentle nurturing.



SENIORS: WHEN SHOULD WE SELL OUT?

Mar 16th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When does one know that it is time to consider selling home and personal property? Is it something that is best done early on in retirement, or should it be delayed until such time when physical limitations begin to whisper the need? How does one evaluate eliminating the overhead and the demands of a home, sometimes lived in for years? What consideration should be given to the family and their needs and expectations? Will they be in a position to take on the myriad costs and responsibilities? Can you also provide for that?

How do you come to the moment when you say: “It is time”? Admittedly no easy conclusion, but it looms out there somewhere and eventually nudges, perhaps pushes for, its consideration. When is waiting no longer the best option? What are the considerations to be taken into account? How do you rid yourself of collections and keepsakes that are more of a challenge than an enjoyment?



TOP TEN CONCERNS OF SENIORS

Oct 14th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior citizens carry a variety of concerns around with them these days. Issues vary from one person to another, but there are likely some commonalities as well. SCJ recently found a post on the query list that identifies search terms our readers use to find topics of interest. Someone inquired about the top 10 concerns of seniors.

We thought we might give it a stab, knowing that, unlike Dave Letterman, we won’t be able to come up with such humorous and prosaic lists as he does. But here are the ones SCJ editors generally agree could likely be the top ten.

Here goes:

To stay healthy.



SENIORS: LIFE’S TWISTS AND TURNS

Oct 11th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Life is full of twists and turns. Most of us seniors love routine, calm, peace and quiet, as much predictability as possible. But, life has a way of introducing twists and turns that interrupt and interfere with all of that. Things go rather smoothly, then suddenly, WHAM! Life seems to go haywire. All that serenity and calm are met with cataclysm and disturbance.

It happens in so many ways. You are moving along, feeling well, doing good, seemingly all is stable and secure, then there you are face to face with turmoil and distress. You wake up not feeling well. It goes on for a few days. You visit your physician. You are presented with a prescription. Time passes. Another visit. Something else has come up. You are met with one of life’s twists.



Seniors: Find a Way to Share Your Story

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

The Internet offers a plethora of possibilities for telling your story. Ezine, for example, is one of those. Check it out. Maybe you have more skills than you know. Before that, just begin by drafting a few short tales of your life’s experience. Maybe share it with two or three friends. Allow their critique of what you have to say. Listen to their suggestions of style and content. Before long, you may have the makings of a short story or a magazine article or a novel. Who knows?

Begin making notes to yourself as ideas surface. Keep a journal of your thoughts and rememberings. Soon, a flow will develop, connections will be introduced, personalities will come alive, events can be reshaped. Your story, while never perhaps destined to be a best seller, may be an inspiration to others, whose own story may mirror yours. Don’t aim for huge success at first. Aim only to share your story. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect, just be perfectly content that telling your story allows you a creative opportunity you never



Seniors: How Many of These Issues Affect You?

May 3rd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Check off the following list of issues now current on the world scene. How many have an affect on you and your life or that of someone you know?

*A life threatening illness, most likely cancer, in your family?

*Destruction and loss of your home and most of your belongings following a natural disaster?

*The loss of a loved one serving in any branch of the military somewhere in the world?

*Unemployment impacting your family, where you live, how you are able to get along day to day?



Seniors: Four Steps to a Decision

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There are so many scraps of paper in files, on my desk, in my in box, stuffed in folders. Each of them has an idea for a column. Some have been picked up from things read, information heard, unsolicited suggestions made, written in haste and indecipherable.

The result is that once in awhile, some worthwhile nugget is mined and the outcome is an article which may offer assistance in an area for seniors trying to make decisions.

Of late, the task of deciding what to clear out from my study, garage, barn, bath room lavatory drawers, closets, and ad nauseum has become an overwhelmingly challenging and frustrating exercise in decision making. Should I keep this? Is it time to discard that? Why am I hanging on to things that surely have no longer any useful value to me and likely not to



Seniors: How Much More Can You Take?

Feb 2nd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Foremost among considerations this February is how much more of this winter weather, assuming you live in that 75% belt where winter is being devilishly present this year, can you take? Having lived in what I consider the metropolitan midwest for 20 years, I finally came to that moment when I could no longer take the wintry blasts and the snowy mornings. Omaha is, certainly more so now, one of the most sophisticated cities in North America.

It has earned its place with cultural events, arts, restaurants, special events, e.g. the College World Series, famous people (Warren Buffett, Bob Boozer, Bob Gibson, et al), educational institutions (University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University), and the Henry Doorly Zoo. It is a first class city with a waterfront and major corporations making the city shine during the day and glow at night. There is just one thing wrong.



Seniors: Readiness for the Unpredictable

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

Reaching that age when all sorts of things catch us by surprise requires readiness.The Boy Scout motto applies: “Be Prepared.” None of us can know what will happen next. When it does, our best position is to have given thought to our options. As senior citizens, we know that life can be unpredictable; no one knows when or how the unexpected will occur, but the possibilities push us all to anticipate.

Some surprises may look like this:

A sudden serious illness within the family with implications of radical attention required immediately;
An accident within the family which is serious and emotionally trying;