Posts Tagged ‘ seniors make choices ’

STRUGGLES OR CHOICES: A CAREGIVER’S DILEMMA

Feb 5th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The nest is now empty. While we are caring for my 93 year old mother in our home, we are involved in a Hospice program that allows us some periodic flexibility. We have 3 dogs, something of a consideration when we want to be away for a while. For sometime now we have limited ourselves in being able to have the choice to travel and do some things we have wanted to have the freedom to do. International travel. Weekend get-aways. Having the chance to be with some friends for a few days.

Most of these occasions have to do with determining between struggles or choices. If we feel that we are in a situation of obligation, then it becomes more of a struggle. If it is a choice, feeling freed from responsibility for a period, that can be less guilt inducing.



SENIORS BACKING OUT OF BAD CHOICES

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

What if you have made a very bad choice, really bad, that you would like to reverse, can you? And, if so, how?

Of course, there are some choices, more in the category of decisions, that carry with them great difficulty in changing or eliminating. These are usually identified as legal and are often protected by documents that require your signature, perhaps a notary, and carry legal ramifications. The best advice regarding these is to think twice or more and delay until you are unquestionably ready to launch into that agreement.

Now, for the others, the ones that we could have avoided had we reflected on their implications longer. These may



MAKING BENEFICIAL CHOICES: WHAT SHOULD SENIORS DO?

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

The time has come when it is possible to make some choices that have been delayed for years. It was always providing for someone else, taking care of the current demands, doing a project on the house, meeting college tuition, purchasing a car, putting other things above what we really wanted to do.

Finally, enough circumstances are aligned with the stars that we can consider making benefical choices for ourselves. So, what is it we what to do? What, among the myriad of choices we enjoy doing most, will we decide to do? What might we do that would induce or produce the least guilt? Is it really okay to spend money on us, doing exactly what we have always wanted to do? Is it international travel? Is it purchasing a time share where we commit to going once a year? Is it taking a cruise? Is it spending money and time in Las Vegas? Is it



Seniors: Being Pushed to Make Choices

May 18th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Social Security and Medicare, if you believe some pundits and politicians, is in deep and serious trouble. The cacophony of voices and cries to reduce health care and support by way of social security rises with the tide of political discourse. It is a frightening moment for those who count on these benefits, “entitlements.” It is agonizing for those who are nearing the age when they would or will or might.

This is a scary moment for a society. Unemployment figures indicate that hordes of people are not able any longer to bring home a living wage for themselves and their families. The growth of the national debt has spiraled into the trillions. The costs of running this country become more expensive by the quadrennium. The loss of industry and manufacturing has left a major hole in the health of our national productivity.