Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen ’

Dealing with the Effects of Dementia on Decision-Making

May 30th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

One of the difficult pieces of dad’s dementia has been listening to his ‘onceinawhile’ verbal attacks.  They haven’t been frequent, nor have they been  vicious, both of which my hospice sister says could change.  One day, recently,  I went with my father to the gas station to fill his car.  He willingly and almost automatically [...]



Shared Grief: The Oil Spill is a National Family Tragedy

May 26th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Right now, we are less than 200 miles from the coast of Louisiana. It has been our neighbor for a whole lot of years. Culturally, it is a land of rich traditions, some unfortunate social divisions, and a unique culture. Part of that culture grows out of its proximity to the coast. It has supplied a wealth of rich sea food, an army of jobs and an assurance for income and tourism that has helped give this small state a claim on its place and contribution to the nation.

A result of the oil spill, another of the industries which have exploited the near Gulf coast for years, has been to demonstrate graphically how fragile our ecosystem really is. We can’t have it both ways. We have come to a crossroads in needing to choose between a fossil resource to power our energy needs and a paradise that may soon become barren and useless.

Living in an



No, We’re Not Moving

May 24th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

Reality walked out the back door with Dad and his wife, our second mom, when any discussion about a move to their ’home state’ was on their plate.  It seemed for this 94 year old demented  father of ours and his 82 year old wife, that they would be able to handle the severe cold weather, the [...]



Senior Travelers: Top Ten Travel Tips for 2010

May 24th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Lonely Planet has released their top ten travel tips for 2010.  I loved their tenth suggestion: When All Else Fails, Find a Cheap Flight to New York.  If you have travel fever, but don’t have the time or money to escape the country, find a cheap flight to New York. I agree.  I love NYC.  [...]



Retirees: Some Options for Managing Credit Card Debt

May 22nd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Senior citizens carry the fastest-growing credit card debt in the United States today.  The average balance increased 149% from 1995 to 2004 among retirees 65 and older.   That figure continues on the rise.  If you find your credit card debt worrisome, this article is for you. You can choose to go to a debt relief [...]



Aging and Emotional Health: Relationships Matter

May 21st, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

How many family and friends are left in your circle? Are you old enough that you can discard them easily? Do you work at trying to maintain and sustain the friendships you have cultivated during your life? No matter where you are on life’s longevity scale, keeping your friends, some of whom are related, is a very important undertaking. They have given you more than likely you realize. They mean more than you have calculated. They are the treasures of life whose intrinsic value is predicated on how they share their love, how they are there for and with you at critical times.

My mother is now 90. She is my friend, one of my lifetime treasured friends, whom I know will always be there for me. There is no way to replace such a friend. There are others, but this is the ultimate



More Exotic and Adventure Travel for Senior Citizens

May 21st, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Do some “Honing” in with GORP and hone in on the craziest, most extreme, and most remote trips across the globe.  Take a look at their Top Ten Extreme Adventures.  This one: Diving with Hammerheads and Whale Sharks in the Galapagos, just doesn’t look like one my wife would take too easily.  Me either quite [...]



Social Security, Medicare and USA.gov Resources

May 20th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Social Security, Medicare and the United States Government!  What a combination!  USA.gov is a web site hub of almost unlimited resources, with seven sub-pages that include kids, teens, parents, Seniors, Military and Veterans, Americans Abroad, Media and More Audiences, (including Americans Living and Traveling Abroad).  The Seniors page really caught SCJ’s attention. It is a [...]



Tour Company Sites for Senior Travelers

May 20th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Senior Citizen Journal has a policy that prohibits endorsement of any company or group or organization.  However, we do find some that we recommend our readers consider as they age productively. Following are some Tour Travel sites that we suggest you peruse as you make senior travel plans: Abercrombie & Kent Tours Adventures by Disney [...]



Wish I had Dones: Senior Citizen Musings

May 20th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There are so many. Making such a list is probably unwise. Reflecting very long on such, about which nothing can be done, is really a colossal waste. It only reminds that there were many times you could have acted differently, chosen more wisely, challenged your sensitivities more bravely.

But now, that time is all gone. Literally, ALL gone. There is no retracing of steps except in regret or perhaps joy at having had those moments. Regret is a wasteful expense of time and emotion and energy. As one ages, the temptation increases to spend more time looking back. Some reflection is not so bad. Too much is debilitating. Right now, when things seem to be turning so sour, the pull seems stronger. Weren’t there better times? Weren’t there moments when just being with someone special was the most