Smile of the Week

A weekly shot of humor or inspiration


Thursday October 23, 2014 (Updated: Thursday October 23, 2014)

You're a Doll

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A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other, except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day, the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.

She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents. "When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever

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Wednesday October 15, 2014 (Updated: Thursday October 16, 2014)

The Golden Girls

Cheerleading may seem like a youngin's sport, but try telling that to members of the Sun City Poms. These peppy gals are sure to make you smile.

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Thursday October 09, 2014 (Updated: Thursday October 16, 2014)

A Cereal Killer

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A little silver-haired lady calls her neighbor and says,

"Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can't figure out how to get started."

Her neighbor asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?" The little silver haired lady says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a rooster."

Her neighbor decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.

He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, "First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster."

He takes her hand and says, "Secondly, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then," he said with a deep sigh, "Let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box."


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Thursday October 02, 2014 (Updated: Saturday October 04, 2014)

Changing Alzheimer's One Teen at a Time


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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.


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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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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.

And if you have a laugh you'd like us to share, let us know at smile@caring.com