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SENIORS: CONSIDERING MOVING? CONSIDER AGAIN

Jun 19th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are retired or soon to be and considering moving again perhaps close examination of the idea begs your attention.

One of the most disruptive experiences in anyone’s life involves moving, relocating, changing life’s routines on almost everything, including where you keep your toothbrush.

No matter your tendency to be obsessive-compulsive, no amount of organization and attempts to reduce the outright agony of making a move, will be possible. If you are faced with heavy moving, that is in terms of emotions, physical demands, uncertainty about the wisdom of doing so, careful examination of your decision is of major import.



SENIORS REDEFINE THEMSELVES

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Good morning! We are back. The last several days have been focused on a huge change of pace and a shift of direction. Moving, as we have pointed out previously, is among the most traumatic of life changes. It is an upheaval full of unexpected revelations. It puts the mirror of your person straight in front of you and says, “so who are you really?”

Most of us much of the time try rather hard to resist going through such drama. It is awakening to the soul, mind and spirit.

In our daily excursions into whatever way we define reality, we find that routine is preferable to disruption. Many who work with the public have discovered how much of a struggle it is to introduce and cope with change. It’s just easier, more comfortable, less difficult to keep things on as steady keel.



ON OUR WAY

Sep 27th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We are on our way, literally, to a new chapter in our lives. We have discussed here before the wisdom of making changes periodically in our lives. So here we go. After 15 years of retirement living, having moved from Arizona to Texas, we are on our way back to the desert, where grandchildren, our daughter and husband, Sharon’s siblings and our church home are. Hopefully we may coerce our son and his significant other our way ere long.

It is, to be sure, though exhausting, energizing as well. Loaded and overloaded we saw the huge truck pull away yesterday afternoon. There was then no time for nostalgia. Friends dropped by bidding their farewells. A hint of sadness crossed our faces and touched our hearts.



THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN

Sep 12th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We are in the process of the great move. Having built our dream retirement home fifteen years ago, we are about to abandon it for the proverbial senior’s task of downsizing. And, my what the implications of that are, I had no idea. One week from today, we will be virtually through with our part.

That includes everything we aren’t prepared to surrender having been packed safely in boxes that are well insulated. It also includes numerous give aways, a number of throw aways and startling surprises of things I have decided I can live without. Those will go into an auction in which many treasures will be the reward of those who enjoy such experiences.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 09/09/12

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

It almost feels like a mini tornado has hit our home. We are in the process of moving. Boxes galore, plastic sacks filled with garbage, disarray and disorder prevail. It is not a comic scene, it is something straight from a Hoarder’s dream. With so much to sort and discard, it seems as if we could have been living in a house half the size, had we tossed a lot of stuff earlier. Do our possessions own us?

Making the declaration, as we go through things that have been with us 40 years and more, that this is our last move seems only slightly noble. Why didn’t we see what was coming?

Oh well, here we are and now is the time to make the hard choices. It is literally an against the wall time. For, in fact, we will be



SENIORS: SOME CONSIDERATIONS FOR MOVING

Oct 17th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Moving, under the best of circumstances, is almost never thought of fondly. Moving from one place to another is an exacting experience, emotionally, physically and logistically. It always involves you, almost without exception, in ways that are exhausting, exacting, and aggravating. Lifting, packing, sorting, discarding, disagreeing all enter into the equation. If, in addition, this is viewed as your last move, at least residentially, the decisions and dynamics carry with it even more implications and deliberations.

All of which means, undertaking a move, later in life, should be undertaken with as much care and thought as possible. Jumping into it is not advised. Working out the multiple issues which will arise will enable a smoother transition, less frustration, and more satisfaction.