Posts Tagged ‘ senior productive living ’

SENIORS: WASTED RESOURCES

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

Sitting in a parking lot, awaiting my spouse running an errand, I am aware of the variety and number of older persons scurrying in and out, doing whatever it is they have to do today. Longevity has made a dramatic impact on our society. Its influence is everywhere. Both in numbers and in the wide spectrum of persons who have learned the nuances of managing aging, the show is quite intriguing.

Science and medicine and diet and exercise and opportunity have enabled our living longer, doing more, coping better, challenging infirmity. We are more capable of dealing with the typical onslaught of growing older. We have learned how to be and do more than previous generations ever thought they might or could. And doing so has introduced us to longer life, more plentiful and fulfilling in all kinds of ways.

But, there still seems to be something missing for many retirees. Men seem to adjust



LOITERING IN THE ALLEYS OF MY MIND

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

Feels like a good day to take a walk, just to loiter in the alleys of my mind or better to find a meadow, with knee high grass inviting enough to wander across its paths and making new ones. Such times allow for introspection and reflection.

There will be no time for it today, but as soon as time and demands permit, I’m taking that walk. It really doesn’t take any special preparation. It is allowed wherever you are and for so long as you like.

Even in the middle of other duties, your mind can find escape by contemplating whatever you wish, wandering wherever you will. It is always good. It is a time allowing for isolated escape, for



KEEPING DEADLINES HELPS US GET ‘ER DONE

Sep 10th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Making and keeping deadlines is one of the most useful of disciplines. Because we are, as seniors and by nature, prone to delay, put off and procrastinate, setting a day and time certain to complete certain tasks is very healthy.

Because we are easily swayed by putting off responsibilities, duties and other sundry expectations, nudges and pushes are a helpful way to get at the tasks which await us. Notes on the refrigerator, brightly colored ink on your daily calendar, Iphone and other alarms or tweaks can assist us to get at the job we have to do. Both remembering to get at the task and completing it will give us a sense of relief and accomplishment.

Putting tasks off, delaying, leaving it to be done later not only creates frustration, but disappointment. Getting the responsibility off



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.



FOR SENIORS, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SATURDAY AND MONDAY

Aug 20th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This is being written on a Saturday. It struck me that Saturdays are different, even for Seniors, when everyday can be a weekend or holiday. They are different largely because our expectations of the day differ from the other days of the week. Saturday is, in the literal sense, a day off or apart when options are what we make them.

It is that time when reflection allows examining just what we will do with our time: nothing at all, sip coffee until noon, relax, refuse demands, listen to your own heart and mind, ignore whatever you wish. A friend dropped this in his Facebook post recently: “Just because my wife tells me to do something, doesn’t mean she has to remind me every six months to do it.”



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 08/19/12

Aug 19th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Into the middle of August, still hot, drought deepens, weather continues to be top news, along with hot politics, vacations ending, school about to resume, autumn awaits, storms brew in some quarters. Such are the conditions as we approach the ninth month of the year.

Many wonder what awaits. Some fret over the possible outcome. Some pray for a particular conclusion. Others shake their heads in confusion and depression. Who is telling it “like it is?” Who is setting us up for radical and threatening changes that may hold frightening prospects?

A few suggestions:

Let not the current tide of events sweep you up in their



SENIORS: CONTRIBUTING TO HARMONY

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

Seniors are frequently accused of being curmudgeonly negative, lacking in an optimistic world view. Shaped, as we are by the world around us, it behooves seniors to identify ways to be in harmony with neighbor, a contributor to positive vibrations in a world that gives off too many negative ones. Creating an environment and atmosphere that offers more opportunity for a harmonious convergence, requires a willingness to invite positive influences into your daily frame of mind.

Here are some places and ways to begin.

Choose living a life of positives. Making daily decisions to live a life that contributes to



SUGGESTIONS FOR CULTIVATING GOOD SENIOR HABITS

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

Living out one’s life in the most productive and fulfilling ways possible is surely a goal worthy of our pursuit. At the end of it all, having the sense that your life counted for something with others and for the world has to be a remarkable sense of accomplishment.

There are those, and right now we can name some of them, whose lives are rotten at the core. The Penn State folly has delivered to our doorsteps the front page exposé of how bad it can be. No matter what else may have been accomplished, these men who perpetrated a vast and mean game, did so at the terrible expense of others never feeling good about themselves.