Posts Tagged ‘ senior moments ’

THE JOURNEY I COULD NOT MAKE

Aug 4th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The invitation came offering me the wonderful occasion to be a part of a congregation celebrating its 100th anniversary. Allowing for appropriate evaluation of my health conditions, it was concluded that making the trip and participating in the event could not happen this time. Of course, that means it would not ever be a possibility ever again.

The invitation came from a young man whose parents I had known well now almost fifty years ago and over a period of almost two decades. The church, an African American congregation in Omaha, Nebraska, had been my spiritual home while living in that city. It nurtured me, was the scene of our son’s baptism, encouraged my forays into the issues of mid 60′s and for another twenty years.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 2/5/12

Feb 5th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Atticus, wise and generous man tells his son, Jem, about an old woman who is dying of cancer.

Her name is Mrs. Dubose. She has been a bitter critic of Atticus for his insistence on equal rights for blacks in that small southern town. So Jem hates the old woman for criticizing his father. But Atticus wants his son to see the greatness in this cantankerous old woman.

For years she has taken morphine, at her doctor’s orders, to ease her pain; eventually she became a morphine addict. As it became clear that her days were numbered, she was determined to end her addiction before she died so that she would die beholden to nothing, to nobody.



Seniors: The Best Part of the Day

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

There has to be a way to deflect the noise and stress awaiting us on most days. It is not too much to try to fashion a day that offers serenity and tranquility. Not all of it, of course. Days are like feelings. Some are rich with satisfaction. Some offer disappointment. But days do not have to be burdensome and ugly and mean and loud and heavy. They do not, in their whole, need to be occasions of dread and dismal expectation. They can offer lift and light and promise and purpose, hope and happiness.

Discovering your best part of the day means you are able to shift your attention from the discouraging to the uplifting. Sitting on the veranda or back porch watching squirrels frolic and search for nuggets is not a bad way to initiate a placid start to the morning. Reading quietly a meditative and inspirational piece that sets your heart at



Senior Citizen Journal: We Aren’t McDonald’s… Yet

May 9th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We aren’t McDonald’s yet, but we are on our way. Senior Citizen Journal (SCJ) topped out at over 100,000 hits just this past weekend. It has been a steady climb since our start in August of 2008. We developed an international senior citizen audience. We worked at our credibility and usuability as more and more search us out.

It has been a daily delight to offer information, ideas, opinions, and insights to those who come our way. Sometimes you provide us with ideas that we expand upon, e.g. an upcoming article on Myths of Aging.

We would like to be a household word among seniors, as we probe more and more of the concerns that impact all of us. Health care, Social Security, Medicare, senior concerns, senior travel are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to those matters that give pause to Seniors, already there or approaching.

During the upcoming year, we will likely be as surprised



Seniors: Are You Aware of Your Body Language?

Jun 28th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With every movement and inflection, we telegraph how we feel, how our body is doing, what our stature and facial expressions are communicating every day. Body language is something we offer unawares. We don’t see what others experience when they encounter us. If we are stooped, our body is very likely responding to some discomfort or pain. If we are grimacing with our facial expressions, we are sub-consciously communicating that something is going on with our body. Noticeable to others, unknown to ourselves, every movement has a meaning and telegraphs how we feel.

If we shuffle across the room, finding it difficult to pick up our feet, we are letting others know that walking brings with it more than we can give. If we tread slowly going up or down steps, our knees, perhaps ankles and lower back are accommodating our body to share how difficult it is to transport our weight. Getting into our out of a chair or sofa may be a



Fathers, Show How Much You Care

Jun 18th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It never comes too late for a father to express his affection and devotion for his children. Fathers may not always have done it, maybe don’t even do it well yet, but fathers know, in the deep of their hearts, how dear their children, at whatever age, really are. Sure, you may have missed a lot with your kids. Sure you may have sloughed off the responsibility to be there for and with them when you might have. But to continue a pattern of indifference is no excuse at your age now. If fathers haven’t learned how to be sensitive to the feelings of their family, there is something deeply wrong with the father, not the family.

There are dozens of things I wish I had done, those might have beens, now long gone. There are behaviors for which I am deeply ashamed. There were