Smile of the Week

A weekly shot of humor or inspiration

Wednesday September 17, 2014 (Updated: Thursday September 18, 2014)

America's Pastime

Therapists at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx are using baseball to help older adults and those struggling with Alzheimer's recall good memories. The program coincides with an exhibition of Yankees memorabilia that opened on Father's Day this past year.

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Thursday September 11, 2014 (Updated: Thursday September 11, 2014)

Spectacular Salsa (Paddy and Nico)

Sometimes the biggest surprises in life come from the most unlikely people. Whether young or old, this video is sure to surprise you. Watch this duo dance their way into the hearts of audiences in the hit tv show, Britain's Got Talent.

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Wednesday September 03, 2014 (Updated: Thursday September 11, 2014)

A Marriage to Remember

Whether you care for someone with Alzhiemer's or know someone who has, you'll understand the difficulty that comes with watching a loved one decline. In this short documentary, the filmmaker Banker White explores how Alzheimer’s disease has revealed the strength of his parents’ marriage. Watch this touching video and share your own journey caring for a loved one with dementia.


Wednesday August 27, 2014 (Updated: Wednesday September 17, 2014)

What's for Supper?

An old man decided his old wife was getting hard of hearing. So he called her doctor to make an appointment to have her hearing checked. The doctor said he could see her in two weeks, and meanwhile there's a simple, informal test the husband could do to give the doctor some idea of the dimensions of the problem.

"Here's what you do. Start about 40 feet away from her, and speak in a normal conversational tone and see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response."

So that evening she's in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he's in the living room, and he says to himself, "I'm about 40 feet away, let's see what happens."

"Honey, what's for supper?"

No response.

So he moves to the other end of the room, about 30 feet away. "Honey, what's for supper?"

No response.

So he moves into the dining room, about 20 feet away. "Honey, what's for supper?"

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Wednesday August 20, 2014 (Updated: Friday August 22, 2014)

World Record Senior Weight Lifter

Most of America struggles to exercise on a weekly basis. Watch this inspirational video of 91-year-old Sy Perlis breaking the world record for benching in the 90 and over age group. No matter what age you are, your fitness goals can always be attainable.

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Wednesday August 13, 2014 (Updated: Saturday August 16, 2014)

Famous Words of Wisdom

We've watched these celebrities play so many roles on stage and on the big screen, but there's something very special about seeing famous faces share words of advice from their own, personal experiences. Read the following life lessons, and share your own in the comment section below.

Willie Nelson

"Necessity is still the mother of invention, and if we start really needing energy, we'll get it. We have solar, we've got water, we've got all kinds of things that we can use, and eventually people will start realising that there are alternative energies and you don't have to go around the world starting wars over oil.

If everyone just takes care of their own area then we won't have any problems. Be here. Be present. Wherever you are, be there. And look around you and see what needs to be changed."

Jane Goodall

"We've been very arrogant in assuming that there's this sharp line dividing u

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Friday August 01, 2014 (Updated: Wednesday September 10, 2014)

Mother Knows Best


A guy shopping in a supermarket noticed a little old lady following him around. If he stopped, she stopped. Furthermore she kept staring at him.

She finally overtook him at the checkout, and she turned to him and said, "I hope I haven't made you feel ill at ease; it's just that you look so much like my late son."

He answered, "That's okay."

"I know it's silly, but if you'd call out "Goodbye, Mom" as I leave the store, it would make me feel so happy."

She then went through the checkout and as she was on her way out of the store, the man called out, "Goodbye, Mother."

The little old lady waved and smiled back at him.

Pleased he had brought a little sunshine into someone's day, he went to pay for his groceries.

"That comes to $121.85," said the clerk.

"How come so much ... I only bought 5 items.."

"The clerk replied, "Yeah, but your Mother said you'd pay for her things, too."

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Tuesday July 29, 2014 (Updated: Wednesday August 13, 2014)

80-Odd Years of Happy

Growing older doesn't have to get you down. Watch this funny video of this senior living community singing and dancing to the popular hit "Happy." This one's sure to make you smile.

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Tuesday July 22, 2014 (Updated: Thursday September 11, 2014)

Never Stop Dancing

Whether you're old or young, sick or healthy ... never stop dancing.

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Wednesday July 16, 2014 (Updated: Thursday July 17, 2014)

Hip Hop Seniors

Could you imagine your grandparents singing these songs? Watch this great transgenerational video of this senior choir singing your not so traditional songs.

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About Smile of the Week

We all need it: A mental mini-break. Let these video clips, quips, jokes, tales, and more help you step back from the rigors (and frowns) of caregiving -- and smile.

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