Archive for September 2010

Baby Boomers’ Retirement Concerns Grow

Sep 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Finances

The current recession is affecting Baby Boomers and retirees in difficult and somewhat challenging ways.  For those BBs who had planned to retire at 62 or 65, the plan for many has to be re-examined.  Using online retirement calculators helps determine whether or not a BB can afford to retire; many are discovering they cannot.  And […]

Senior Travel to Bali

Sep 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Recently in a local Sunday newspaper there was a long article on travel to Bali. I found it very interesting and wanted to share it with you. Perhaps you will remember the song “Bali High” from South Pacific.  Wikipediahas a great description of the Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, […]

Senior Citizen Annual Physical Exam: Updated Guidelines

Sep 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

SCJ editors recently researched several online websites for new information about annual medical examinations for senior citizens. We found some new suggestions that we want to pass on to our readers.  But first, a reminder… In addition to the need to pay attention to one’s body, it is also crucial for senior citizens to keep […]

Seniors Travel to Glacier National Park

Sep 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

I can recall as if it were yesterday.  I was standing under the famous Arc De Triomphe in Paris explaining to a group of my high school students the history of the Arch, the François Rude sculpture, Napoleon’s role, the Marseillaise portion and more.  When I turned around an American couple was listening to my […]

Seniors Look at the Federal Tax Cuts Issue

Sep 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The Internet and mainstream news media are full of articles, blogs and news reports about how, when and if the federal tax cuts enacted early in the Bush administration will be extended. They are due to expire at the end of December this year (2010).

Unfortunately a lot of information is clouded in distortions and midleading statements. Those who want all of the tax cuts to remain in effect say it is necessary in order to avoid making the recession worse. On the other side of the fence, there are those who want the tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans (those earning $200k and up) to be reversed and eventually get back to the pre-2000 level. They maintain the wealthy do not pay their fair share of taxes; the counter-argument is that if the wealthy have to pay more taxes, there is less to trickle down to the middle and lower classes in the form of jobs.

Senior Health Tips: What Works for You

Sep 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Discovering a formula for healthy senior living that works for you on a daily basis is a very essential and important undertaking. When you have reached what feels like a stabilized condition in your daily health habits, then you are at a good place to determine what you are doing right. My own experience in retirement has affirmed that there are several factors that need to be reinforced and given all the encouragement possible to continue at a healthy pace in my daily routines.

Here are some useful hints:

>Start with a good night’s rest. Allow your sleeping habits to be predictable and do not allow much variation in your going to bed time each night.

Senior Travel to Sweden

Sep 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

So seniors, grab your bags and let’s head out for Sweden.  Situated between Norway and Finland in Scandinavia is the country of Sweden. Sweden tourism today has grown out of the large amount of natural resources enjoyed by the country’s inhabitants, including vast forests, shimmering lakes and an extensive archipelago,as well as the architecture left […]

Seniors: Living Longer than Expected

Sep 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Whether it is you or your parents or in-laws, living longer than expected can introduce major issues and considerations within a family. Longevity is now one of the additional challenges faced by more and more of us. We are just living longer and, with that, are maintaining reasonably good health. There are some threatening indicators that may deter the desire to live longer, such as dementia, immobility, etc. However, all things being equal, living into one’s 90’s and even beyond, is now a realistic possibility.

While living longer may bring with it certain advantages and even blessings, it may also produce some conflicts, demands and adjustments that must be calculated in the equation. Enjoying having a loved one around for a longer life can lead to many joys. It can produce unexpected gifts in relationships and interchanges not possible if one is bedridden and not functional mentally. So, preparing for the possibility of a family member living longer, with reasonably good health, requires some intentional preparations.

Smart Travel for Seniors: More Suggestions

Sep 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Today’s post is a potpurri of information about travel.  I find tidbits like these helpful to review occasionally: Travel can be one of life’s great pleasures after retirement, whether you’re a baby boomer or an older senior. Here’s where to look for information on travel for older adults, including whether you’re going alone or with a […]

Seniors: Beginning Another Week

Sep 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If Sunday is really the beginning of a new week, what does that say about Monday. Friday, if it is the last day of the week, means that Saturday stands out there lone and isolated. How do we clarify which day is for what? Let’s try some suggestions.

Sunday is a good day to mark as the beginning of a week. It often allows us to accumulate our thoughts about what may lie ahead. It gives us a chance to reflect on the week past. It denotes peace and rest and tranquility. Taking advantage of a day that offers all of that sounds like a credible way to bring serenity and calm into one’s life.

Monday has earned its reputation as “blue.” It is the day when everything starts over. Of course, if you are not in the work world, Monday’s take on a whole new dimension. They really don’t matter so much, because they are very much like every other week day. If you are still employed, Monday may be a challenge and may offer the task of adjustments it requires. In any event, give Monday