Posts Tagged ‘ senior happiness ’


Jul 30th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As we grow older, life’s several surprises seem to increase in number. Being a prolific reader, I am somewhat taken aback every day by the number and variety of surprises that come our way.

We are met these days with a multitude of “you’ve gotta be kidding” occasions. They are climate driven, economically inspired, human behaviors, nature induced, and psychological mysteries that seem to just keep on coming.

It is as if we live in a constant “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” kind of existence. The more weird they are, the more likely they get space in the headlines and news shows. We have become entranced by the unusual,


Jun 25th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

My spouse, Sharon, inquired of me the other morning, “What are you going to be happy about today?” To which I replied “Everything.” Not a bad question. Not an inappropriate answer. Every single day offers the opportunity to be confronted with this query. Every time it is asked there should be a ready answer waiting.

If one chooses to deal authentically with the answer, the likelihood is that the day’s contents will be full of satisfying experiences.

Here are some of the reasons, in the face of all else confronting our day to day travels, that life is and can be good:


Mar 7th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors are challenged , often daily, by finding means for keeping zest in our lives. Clearly it is a choice. For example, if health issues threaten your ability to have adequate stamina, stirring up zest for daily activity becomes a demanding undertaking.

Or, if life seems to require more work to just get through the day, zest is all the more important. Or, if there seems to be more frustration and anxiety confronting your daily journey, life seems to have less to offer. If the familiar motivations that have contributed to more happiness and satisfaction in your daily living patterns, are fewer, how do you regenerate? Aging requires a daily discipline for using your imagination, for accepting and discovering challenges, for allowing your own interest in life to be stimulated.


Jun 21st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The year’s longest day tempts us with the offer to spend it in pursuit of a dream. What if all of life could be like the 21st of June every year? What if every day could be longer, fuller, more? What if all the wonders of living could be wrapped up in an extra long day when we are given the opportunity to explore and discover more? What if our own stretching of a 24 hour day, like the 20th or 21st of June, could become a daily undertaking, almost a habit, a discipline at least, that allows for new wonders and marvels and exciting possibilities?

While for some, limitations impose restrictions, for others a longer day can open doors, swing wide windows for discovering things never before known. Deciding to live life as if everyday were the 21st of June means that you


Jun 18th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A friend of mine sent a photo the other day with his holding his Medicare Card. It was symbolic of his having arrived at 65. Some see that as a downer; for others, like my friend, it is just another way to act out life in rich and meaningful ways. My response to him was to send a greeting welcoming him to the “other side of the hill.” Some interpret that as the downside, but it doesn’t have to be.

Some see arriving at the age of social security and medicare as a time of massive, unwelcome change. Physical challenges seem to come more frequently. Forgetfulness has to be met with patience. Compromised mobility may require negotiations with yourself and your surroundings.


Jun 13th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Among the things that make me important is my assumption of tasks, chores, responsibilities where I live. I do them, not because I have been urged to take them on. I do them because it is my contribution to living in an environment of a shared making life an experience of common investment. It is recognizing that doing things for the common good, where I live, makes for a happier experience for all who share in it. I don’t do those things because I am expected to. Nor do I do them because I am somehow seen as a better or even a “good” person. No what I do, I do because it is my share, my piece of the pie, it is evidence of my part ownership in this enterprise we call marriage.

Each of us does what he/she does not out of a sense of obligation, but out of a a sense of part investor and worker,


May 11th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Staying healthy is one of the top ten concerns of most seniors. It is not always an easy task, but it is one that gives us the satisfaction of enjoying what makes up living. Humor is one of the components that contributes favorably to good health. For some, life becomes a drudgery and a drag. When it does, when fun and good times are no longer central to your life’s practice, then you are on the way to poor health, too many down days, depression and other negatives create a life of dissatisfaction.

Finding fun means being on the alert for it all the time. Here are some hints:


Mar 4th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Already its March. Already we are in the throes of spring, not yet officially arrived or declared, but indications abound. Already senior citizens prepare for the full variety of disclosures that create the season. Some have made their presence known tragically and suddenly and sadly. Some sprout magically with vivid color. Others harbor tasks to be done, weeds to be pulled, trimming and pruning to be addressed.

If you are fortunate enough to live in your own home, you are already beginning to see the chores proliferate, the evidence of challenges to remake your lawn and gardens into a wonderland of spring’s beauty.

Easter is only five short weeks away. Daylight Savings Time, just one. St Patrick’s Day urges us to celebrate. Before we are quite


Mar 1st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Met with these queries, the senior is often challenged to come up with some worthwhile answer to indicate that daily life is still a satisfying experience. Some, quickly with an indication of “not much” or “nothing.” Not good. Not helpful. Not in your best self interest. Senior citizens experience daily living in a variety of ways; we each have a host of activities in which we engage, and which are productive and important in our lives. Recognizing the value of our activities of daily living adds significance to our lives.

Here are some suggestions for activities you might consider important in the lives of senior citizens:

Up and ready for the new day. Exercised for a half hour. Walked the dogs. Pulled weeds. Raked the yard. Lifted weights. Rode


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.