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SENIOR CITIZENS AND MOVING

Oct 9th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The worst part of the move is over. Lifting heavy boxes, going through item by item, placing them in drawers, closets, on shelves and sundry other locations allows now to forget them until the next time.

What next time? If my influence and power in this household have any impact at all it will come down on the side of never moving again. Twice in fifteen years is quite enough and at any age the choice to move would require a psychiatric examination before launching into such an escapade. Moving is an exactingly exhausting experience for senior citizens. It dominates you until you are beaten down by the sheer magnitude of it all. It comes at you until you can take no more. It weighs on you. It beats you up with its demand to get it done.



HEALTH INSURANCE SHOULD NOT BE A POLITICAL FOOTBALL

Sep 24th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

For those of us past 65, current retirees, the tossing around of health insurance, as a political football, gives us pause. One speech vilifies so called “Obamacare,” while another extols its virtues.

One 24 hour media blitz tells us that health care will not be touched under the Republican candidate, while the next tells us it will be targeted for dissolution on day one of the new administration.

Which is it? Who and what are we trust? Those whose health issues are significant enough to cause pause and worry wonder. It is no small matter to see the political football being tossed to and fro, and



WHEN THE CALENDAR CALLS

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

Two dates collide in our family every year. Both come in the same month. They mark my father’s birth, September 16, and my parents’ anniversary, September 19. This year marked Dad’s 97th year. He died in 1995. Mother and Dad would have celebrated their 76th year of marriage this year, having been married in 1936. Mother is 92, approaching her birthday on November 2.

That gets more difficult to remember with each passing year. The calendar calls with every turning of the page. It brings us up short to recall the significant events in one family’s history. It nudges us to remember special occasions, events of moment like celebrations, but also passings and pains.



WHEN DEADLINES PRESS

Sep 17th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With only a few short days pressing down upon us before the Auction Crew and Moving Truck arrive, the deadline of having everything packed and in place presses more heavily upon us.

The inevitable looms and with it the pressure of having to do more than human effort should require. The demands, choices and decisions not only create the circumstance, but the will to accomplish what must be done.
It is not helpful to anticipate what awaits at the other end. Its demands and choices will nudge you into accomplishing what must be when the time comes.

Exhaustion notwithstanding the necessity of achievement will prevail.



I KNOW WHERE I PUT IT, BUT IT ISN’T THERE

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

Yesterday in a busy day, somehow three items disappeared. I know where I put them , but they aren’t there. This is getting ridiculous. Is it flawed memory, ordinary forgetfulness, dementia, all of the above? It is happening too often, whatever it is.

The jacket, I wore to the restaurant, because the temperature is always too cold there. I placed it on the back of a chair upon returning. Later, it wasn’t there. Still haven’t found it. There has to be an explanation. I looked in all the usual suspicious places. Not there either.

The second item was a pen left on my desk yesterday. There yesterday, not there today. Oops, not



SENIORS: WHEN DO WE GET OUR TURN?

Aug 31st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Now that the Republicans have wrapped up their convention, and the Demos are lined up and ready, when do we seniors get our turn? Every interest( that may be an oxymoron) group seems poised to state its case, make its point, render its verdict. How about seniors? How about those of us who are supposed to be a big part of the entitlement program problem, but promised to be exempt from safety net issues?

What is boiling, just below the surface, is a lot of stuff that may make our country much less secure, our democracy a fallacy, our future, and that certainly of our children, a mystery.

No matter how bad the Repubs paint the Demos, the two have a lot of introspection and self evaluation to do. The interest



WHEN ANTICIPATING A MOVE, START EARLY

Aug 30th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are retired, even though not yet 65, and your house is on the market, but not yet sold, start now sorting, pitching, tossing, eliminating, selling, donating, giving away and discarding.

Remember how many years it took you to accumulate everything now in your possession. Recall how you just had to have certain collectibles, how you tricked and coerced your spouse into buying that item, how you walked away from an estate sale with more stuff than you needed.

Now, with a move imminent, it is time to bite the bullet. Although closing may be weeks away, start now, right now. All of those Commemorative Pieces, Magazines, Souvenirs now must be redistributed. If, like me, you still have things kept from your childhood,



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 08/26/12

Aug 26th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This may be the lull before the storm. The forecast suggests that a hurricane may wander into Florida in just days. Its impact could offer heavy destruction to Haiti, yet again. Thousands of Haitians are still living under the despair caused by an earlier earthquake. If this hurricane hits, what will be the plight of those already suffering despair beyond description.

Unfortunately the focus may be on Tampa, where gather a bunch of political junkies who await crowning their nominee for president. That gathering and its “trumped” up enthusiasm is far less important on the scale than those who have little to eat, no warmth to relieve their perilous plight.



SENIORS AND SHOPPING

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If the economy depended on me, it really would be in trouble. Over the past 15 years I have developed a distaste for shopping. Malls and I share little in common. Even hardware stores and big box outlets provide minimal temptation. It isn’t so much that I am boring and find little interest. I once had a desire at least to check out stores.

For the most part, I think its because, there is so little I find I want or need. Commercials do not create an insatiable urge for things. Even those products that are two for one at $19.95, plus shipping and handling, don’t grab me. Lust for stuff is just no longer there.

Even garage or estate sales carry no temptation.



BUT IT’S NOT EVEN SEPTEMBER

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

The article from almost a year ago deals with “Christmas Gift Giving for Seniors.” It was dated December 4, 2011. Sharon wrote it, and it offers helpful suggestions for selecting appropriate gifts for Senior members of the family. But now? It’s not even September. Yet someone in their need to be prepared has already visited this site. It is from December of last year. Thank you for relying on our site to be helpful, but it really is only August.

Now, I know why department and big box stores have already started pushing products and the idea of Christmas. Being ahead of the curve, outwitting those who believe the official shopping start date is Friday after Thanksgiving now is readying persons to buy at the same time they are purchasing school supplies for their kids