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The (Simple) Payroll Tax Cap Issue: Keep Social Security Solvent

Dec 10th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

We’ve said it before and we will say it again, the best fix for Social Security is easy.  It’s simple arithmetic.  Social Security is not contributing to the deficit.  In fact, the Social Security Trust Fund has loaned billions of dollars to the Federal Government, and has Treasury Notes to prove it.  Social Security is [...]



Seniors: Reduce Stress by Introducing Music

Dec 8th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you have a stereo or some other electronic musical instrument in your home, try remembering to put on some music while going about your routines every day. Choosing music which reduces stress is likely most desirable. Find ways to allow your mind and disposition to be affected by the pleasant strains of calming melodies. Chase out the tendency to get too overly inolved in your day, let the tunes of the masters penetrate your mood and mind. Listen. Even stop for a moment to catch the invading sounds and allow them to absorb you.

Maybe now, it will be holiday music or some particularly enjoyed pieces that you have long found speaking to you. Music has been shown to have a restorative effect on people. Identifying music that creates a sense of calm and peace (and that’s different for each of us) can reduce stress, introduce emotional respite and



Seniors: Communal Living Revisited

Nov 30th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Within the last year we addressed here an experience in senior citizen communal living. After a year of living with extended members of our family, it is time to revisit the pros and cons of such an arrangement.

Simply put, communal living is an arrangement by which persons choose to live together in a shared domicile. The dimensions, agreements, contract, understandings have all been agreed to. The partners in the agreement choose to live out a specific period of time together.

We knew we were embarking on a trail that had little if any directions or maps. We knew there was almost nothing available to tell us how to create a communal living arrangement. We were three sisters and husbands of two of the sisters. We knew we would have fun, challenge, convenience, and irritating moments. Communal living offers all



Seniors: Eliminating Unwanted Mail

Nov 24th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Living in a gated complex with our mail boxes located at the gate often means carrying along a bag to bring home the mail. The reason for that is the continuing unsolicited mail that comes daily. Even with the USPostal Service facing growing deficits, like everything and everybody else, they continue to give huge breaks to all kinds of advertising and unwanted pieces coming our way. They report that this is one of the ways that helps keep their bottom line a little further up from the bottom.

Sometime ago I decided it was up to me to take action against all the advertising pieces that ended up in my box. The reality hit hard when we were away on trips and we had to sort through all the junk that had been held for us.

It turned out to be a very simple process. Each



Seniors: Physical Therapy, Worth Every Minute

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

My primary care physician referred me to physical therapy recently, after I revealed my own concerns over issues of imbalance and fear of falling. She was spot on. The facility to which I was referrered turned out to be a first class, well coordinated, staffed and highly professional operation. The therapist assigned to me could not have been more competent, sensitive, helpful and well aware of my issues and needs.

Each session lasted an hour. There were days when I had wished for more. There were nights when I realized the achiness in my bones and muscles. Eventually, it was all worth it. Each session included a variety of exercises which assisted the increase in my strength, confidence and overall interest in committing to and experiencing improvement.



Seniors: Making Your Final Plans for Death

Nov 19th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This is a subject we have visited before. One of my dear friends, having read my column on preparations for death sometime ago, questioned the wisdom of having addressed this subject so early in SCJ’s history. It did not “kill” us. We are still here some almost 1000 articles and thousands of visitors later. So, we have come back to this subject, which, by its definition, is not one many enjoy approaching. However, eventually, approach it we must. A number of authors have helped to make edging up to this subject somewhat more palatable. Some religious or spiritual traditions have begun bringing the matter out in the open for appraisal and deliberation.

Our pastor recently preached a series of sermons on “How to be a Good Dead Person.” An article, based on that series, has appeared here recently (10/18/10). You might want to look it up. So it is possible to wade into the



A Word to the Bullies: Leave Social Security Alone!

Nov 15th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Some recommendations appeared this past week that we senor citizens need to study carefully.  The Co-Chairs of the Fiscal Commission on the deficit released their recomendations for dealing with the serious deficit issues facing the United States.  The report isn’t supposed to be delivered for another three weeks, but Co-Chairs Bowles and Simpson delivered the abbreviated list on [...]



Seniors: How Much Stress Can You Take?

Nov 15th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The mounting accumulation of stress in our lives and world begs the question: how much stress can we take? Many of us senior citizens walk around with a rather exaggerated accumulation of stress, which comes from all kinds of sources. Among these are family issues, health concerns, financial woes, medical needs and domestic concerns. The list is longer, but you get the idea. Adjusting to these circumstances requires emotional stamina, mental acuity, diplomatic skill, economic wisdom, and psychological sensitivities. Lacking these means the stress for seniors is greater and the need for counsel likely. Living with stress is like living with an illness. It needs to be treated.

There are a variety of stress inducers which can be managed. However, management suggests willingness and willingness requires action. Permitting invasions of stress from the same sources day after day is like repeating the



Websites: Welcome to Those Who Have Picked Us Up

Nov 10th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We are encouraged and delighted with those websites who have found us, found us worthy of their picking us up and sharing our site with others. You help us spread the word to seniors everywhere. Most of us who are in our senior years, wherever they start, search for encouragement, counsel, reinforcement, information and occasional humor. Whatever it is that is found on Senior Citizen Journal, we hope helps to make more seniors live a productive, educated and active life.

To those who help spread the word, thank you. Allow us to return the favor with your site and information. We are indebted to many who have helped to make Senior Citizen Journal a major source of information and a stop in their searches for seniors’ needs. The increasing traffic on this site is both gratifying and amazing! Thanks to you all!



Hey Seniors, Cleaning House is Great Exercise!

Oct 27th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

I was intrigued to find how many of the exercises the Physical Therapist prescribed actually are duplicated as one goes about cleaning house. The therapist was demonstrating for me the kinds of things I needed to be doing to improve my gait, balance, and self confidence in movement. It was practical, not at all strenuous or intimidating, but matter of fact and need.

So I decided I should go about the movements of house cleaning in a deliberate attempt not only to do a good job, one my spouse would approve, but to accomplish my regimen of activity the therapist advised for each day. Of course, I won’t be cleaning so