Posts Tagged ‘ senior positive living ’

SENIORS PREPARE FOR 2014

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

September is one of those months, like January, that offers opportunity for preparing for what’s ahead. It is a hallmark for change and adjustment and accepting new realities. Schools open, families experience an empty nest with college welcoming new enrollees. Football season is in full swing. The World Series readies for its annual moment. Fall in some locales begins its hints of a change in the weather. Even seniors, those who live in two different worlds, pack up and prepare to head for a more pleasant climate, in anticipation of winter.

Folk in those areas, where the leaves begin to color the landscape with their startling hues, begin preparing their homes for approaching alterations in their environment. Raking leaves, mowing for the last time, readying snow blowing equipment, checking for insulation needs and so on.



PHONE CALLS THAT MATTER MOST

Aug 2nd, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

My cousin, in remission from cancer, called this morning. He launched in by inquiring about my health. Persons who dare to approach those of us who are older and battling various weaknesses, do so with courage and at their own risk.

Fact is, most of us who are experiencing a variety of woes need the consolation of a sensitive ear. His voice always invites willingness to listen. His sensitivity, having gone through his own struggles, always resounds with empathy and thoughtfulness. His is one of those calls that matter most.

Truth is, the more we encounter the perils of aging, the more we need to be surrounded, in caring ways, by those



TOP FIVE MUSTS IN REACHING 70 AND ABOVE

Jul 31st, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

I LOVE TOP LISTS, especially those that indicate what really is important about what we choose to do with ourselves as we age. Many experts talk about the top ten concerns of senior citizens.

There are so many, everything from the brand of mayonnaise we buy to what time we go to bed. Some are worth thought. Others are downright silly.

A week ago, I was introduced to five musts that came about as a result of spending, or maybe it was investing, in several days of being with our immediate family. I discovered what I have been missing. I discovered that I had pushed aside, too often, their presence in my life and had, as a result, missed



DISCOVERING LIFE’S SEVERAL SURPRISES

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,



FOR SENIORS: SIX WAYS TO HELP YOURSELF

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

Today’s list article puts ourselves squarely in the center of the target. Taking care of ourselves is a huge priority.

Helping oneself to help oneself is, or ought to be, any day’s top priority. So today, consider these suggestions for an improvement in your own day’s passing.

To end one day and begin another, GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. Some struggle with this, while others find it to be a piece of cake. My father in law, who lived to 96, said that when his head hit the pillow he was already asleep. His daughter seemed to inherit the same quality. Both demonstrate(d) daily pep, energy and



OF ALL THINGS WRITTEN, SAID AND POSTED…

Jul 27th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

For those seniors who enjoy surfing the net, perusing Facebook, examining all things written, said and posted it is likely that what we find here contributes to a more rational and well founded state of mind.

To the credit of all my Facebook friends, I have found that almost a hundred percent of their offerings lean to the positive, the contemplative, meditative point of view. Those who post insights and stirrings of mind and emotion do so with the obvious intent of creating a more peaceful, less stressful world. I am so grateful to call these friends, real Friends.Elderly : Elderly woman working on laptop computer, smiling, drinking tea.

Sometime ago, I began dis-inviting some who sent nothing but unpleasant and unremarkable posts. It has worked. It has drawn from the ether of the universe, a more uplifting, morale building, inspiration stimulating content than was true before.



REAL SENIORS GO FISHING FIRST, WORRY LATER

Jul 26th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In this upside down world, where chaos and disagreement seem to rule, here’s some advice from seniors who have lived through it all, survived and are determined to get the best out of what’s left: “Go fishing first, worry later.”

Real seniors don’t allow the frustrations, distractions, irritations, divisions, distortions and limitations of life ruin what is left for us in having a productive, healthy, uncompromising appreciation for living out our lives and drawing satisfaction from every day.

It just isn’t worth our being side tracked into the many issues and non issues which would detour us from productive living. Those who would recruit us for their innumerable causes, particularly and especially those that espouse hate, divisiveness,



CONSOLATIONS IN GROWING OLDER

Jul 24th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There are consolations in growing older. In spite of some of the evidence to the contrary, we can all list those, there are rich rewards in coming to an advanced age. The challenge is to recognize those shifts in our patterns of living. Some are subtle. Some dramatic. Others are refreshing. While still others are challenging.

They come upon us with consummate regularity. We are not, if we are in charge of ourselves, held captive by the changes of living, the shifts in our living, the adjustments required.

Most of us are subject to mistakes, errors in judgment, choices that weren’t smart. But all of us, if we wish it, are capable of a second shot, a chance to improve on what we have been. While do overs aren’t in the book, a changed perspective is. We can learn



SENIORS: KEEP FUN IN YOUR LIFE

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:



GUIDELINES FOR SENIOR LIVING #2

Apr 14th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Don’t Take Anything Personally This series of guidelines for senior living is based on Don Miguel Ruiz’ Four Agreements. The second Agreement is actually my favorite:  Don’t Take Anything Personally.// We all know senior citizens, and people of all generations, who wear their feelings on their sleeves, and have a reaction to everything that comes [...]