Posts Tagged ‘ senior concerns ’

PUSH FOR AUSTERITY: THE TRUTH

Apr 29th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

The Nature of Research I remember when I was attacking the long and tedious process of research and writing for my doctoral dissertation. I mostly remember the pain and agony of attention to detail. But I also remember my advisers telling me that what I studied had to be transparent, and it had to be [...]



SENIORS: KEEPING FATIGUE AT BAY

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

So, what are the options? The first one is to find ways to create harmony in your life as you arise and go about your day. Harmony is having a positive and pleasant disposition about yourself and what lies ahead. Heading off the negatives and down sides of one’s disposition requires keeping your heart happy, your head clear, your body energized, your spirit motivated by good thoughts and positive motives.

It is difficult for fatigue to seize the day when your other motivators are at work keeping the negative influences from invading you. Of course, if you are attacked by physical ailments, psychological depression, personal issues that affect your attitude, then the job gets harder. It is no small task to take on the various emotional interferences that would work their will and wiles on



WHEN LIFE DESERVES SOME FUN

Mar 29th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Several temptations are lately looming up offering beguiling opportunities for seniors, and particularly for me. Back in my early teens I owned a 1948 Willys Jeepster. It was yellow, a convertible, stick shift, with all the bells and whistles that made it an enviable and enjoyable toy. For some reason, now forgotten, I surrendered it and have regretted its loss ever since.

I am now in search of its replacement, an enjoyable undertaking that has sent me looking all over the country to try to find an identical replica. They are out there and the temptation runs stronger on some days than others.



SENIORS: THE DAY TO LOOK FORWARD

Jan 3rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Finally, we reached the crest of the hill. 2011 is spent. What awaits is another one, not just like it, but characterized with its own uniqueness and unusual opportunities. We can’t know all the wonders it holds, the laughter it will generate, the fun it will be, the unexpected that we cannot not anticipate. We are ready to behold a glimpse of what lies ahead. Just a glimmer, not the whole picture, not a complete rendering of its masterful strokes that make up day by day.

It holds only now a hint, an abbreviated taste of what is yet to be. Looking back we can see, although it grows dimmer by the day, what the past year was like. It held happiness and heartbreaking moments. It was a mix of bane and blessing. It passed so quickly that we now see only “in a glass darkly.” It was full. It was empty. It was and now it is no more.



AN AMALGAMATION OF ABSURDITIES FOR SENIORS

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

Just imagine, just for a few moments, how ridiculous some of our ideas and imaginings really are and have been throughout our lives. We seniors catch ourselves up in wandering around in mazes and crazy places and stupid surroundings and totally creatively irresponsible and unknown environments. It’s easy to go off on some venturesome quest into nowhere. Its not unknown to explore the magical, mystical of the universe. It is not inconceivable to conceive the unimaginable. Venturing off into a wilderness, a wildness, even a wickedness that take us places we might never have conceived can happen. For those seniors who find this concept intriguing, you might want to take a look at “We Are All Weird” by Seth Godin, currently available from Amazon.com.

“We Are All Weird is a celebration of choice, of treating different people differently and of embracing the notion that everyone deserves the dignity and respect that comes from being heard. The book calls for end of mass and for the beginning of offering people



SENIORS: FINDING JOY IN WHO YOU ARE

Aug 31st, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If, by now, life is not filled with joy and satisfaction, there is something wrong with your formula. By now, post 70ish, most of us need to have reached a level of serenity and contentment that speaks well of the choices we have made. One of my cousins frequently says, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” He is pre 70, not retired, but definitely developing an attitude and point of view that is a joy for him, and to be around him.

Determining that your day to day existence can be happy and pleasant is a sure fire way to be in a frame of mind that allows for more good days than bad. Deciding that life is the result of working hard at developing relationships, keeping your cool, staying level and steady and enjoying your choices means the results will be full of a life of love, good fortune, companionships and friends that fill life with joy, respect for yourself and from others. You will discover that