Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen meaningful holidays ’

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: Christmas and Hanukkah Disciplines

Dec 7th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

What will make for a Christmas and Hanukkah that offers treasure and happiness is not gifts. Heresy! Nope! Won’t do it. What will make for a Christmas to be remembered will be a whole new perspective on the holiday itself.

How does that happen? It happens when you toss the gift list and begin with an orientation that asks: “What shall Christmas and Hanukkah mean this year?” This is a good year to test that question. Look around; there are answers abundant.

Start with some research. What could I do with the time and money I would otherwise spend on shopping? What may I do to help those whose desperate straits leave them without any promise of a renewing holiday?