Smile of the Week

A weekly shot of humor or inspiration


Monday April 14, 2014

How Old Are You?

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Count how many of the following you remember:

  1. Blackjack chewing gum
  2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
  3. Blue flashbulbs
  4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles
  5. Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
  6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
  7. Party lines
  8. Newsreels before the movies
  9. P.F. Flyers
  10. Butch wax
  11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Amherst - 0155)
  12. Peashooters
  13. Howdy Doody
  14. 45 RPM records
  15. S&H Green Stamps
  16. Hi-fi's
  17. Metal ice trays with lever
  18. Mimeograph paper
  19. Candy cigarettes
  20. Beanie and Cecil
  21. Roller skate keys
  22. Cork popguns
  23. Drive-ins
  24. Studebakers
  25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young

If you remembered 6-10 = You're getting older

If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age

If you remembered 16-20 = You're older than dirt!

-- Anonymous


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Monday April 07, 2014

Changing Gears

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An old Irish gentleman's chauffeur didn't show up for work -- and although the old fella had never driven -- he got in the car.

He had a terrible time starting the engine, engaging the clutch and gears. Finally, he got out into the street. When he came to the first traffic light, he killed the engine.

The light changed from green to red five times and traffic was backing up. Finally, another Irishman approached the car, knocked on the window and asked,

"Might ye waitin for a particular shade of green?"

Two morals to the story: How perfect do things need to be before you move on? Secondly please be patient with me -- my gears don't mesh like they used to.


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Monday March 10, 2014

Traffic Jam

Remember Candid Camera? What would you do if you if you were on the other side of the camera? This one's sure to make chuckle.

8 Ways to Help Older Adults Stay Active and Engaged


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Thursday February 13, 2014

Red Light, Green Light

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Two elderly women were out driving in a large car. Both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red but they just went on through.

The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself, "I must be losing it, I could have sworn we just went through a red light."

After a few more minutes they came to another intersection, and the light was red again. Again they went right though. This time the woman in the passenger seat was almost sure the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous and decided to pay very close attention to the road and the next intersection to see what was going on.

At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was definitely red, and they went right through. She turned to the other woman and said, "Mildred! Did you know we just ran through three r

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Monday January 27, 2014

Texting for the Medicare Generation

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Since more and more older adults are texting and tweeting, there seems to be a growing need for an STC (senior texting code). If you qualify for senior discounts, this is the code for you. Please pass this on to your children and grandchildren, so they can understand your texts.

ATD: At the doctor

BFF: Best friend fainted

BTW: Bring the wheelchair

CBM: Covered by Medicare

DWI: Driving while incontinent

FYI: Found your insulin

GGPBL: Gotta go; pacemaker battery low!

GHA: Got heartburn again

HGBM: Had good bowel movement

IMHO: Is my hearing-aid on?

LMDO: Laughing my dentures out

LOL: Living on Lipitor

OMSG: Oh my! Sorry, gas

ROFL...CGU: Rolling on floor laughing...can't get up

TTYL: Talk to you louder

WAITT: Who am I talking to?

WTFA: Wet the furniture again

WTP: Where's the prunes?

GGLKI: Gotta go; laxative kicking in

-- Anonymous


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Monday January 20, 2014

Sibling Help

When it comes to caring for your loved one, how well do you and your siblings work together?

Here's a great example of a sibling, um, helping big sis with a ballet routine:



If your siblings aren't giving you the help you need, try this: Asking for Help: What Works, What Doesn't


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Wednesday January 08, 2014

Hiding in Plain Sight

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A pious man, who had reached the age of 105, suddenly stopped going to synagogue. Alarmed by the old man's absence after so many years of faithful attendance, the Rabbi went to see him.

He found him in excellent health, so the Rabbi asked, "How come after all these years we don't see you at services anymore?"

The old man lowered his voice. "I'll tell you, Rabbi," he whispered. "When I got to be 90, I expected God to take me any day. But then I got to be 95, then 100, then 105. So, I figured that God is very busy and must have forgotten about me, and I don't want to remind Him!"

-- Anonymous


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Monday December 16, 2013

A New Kind of Music

Many people have forgotten the art of using a typewriter. This Spanish orchestra takes this art to the next level -- weaving the sounds of the typewriter into a delightful melody.

Using Music To Soothe Alzheimer's and Dementia


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Sunday November 24, 2013

Gratitude

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As caregivers, sometimes it's hard to be thankful. Doing the same job day in and day out can become tedious and tiresome.

But sometimes, there's beauty in the day-to-day routine of life.

Louis Schwartzberg has been filming and photographing time-lapsed flowers for 30 years. In this video, he shows us how the simple moments of life and aging can be so beautiful in the natural world. He says, "Beauty and seduction are nature's tools for survival, because we protect what we fall in love with. It opens our hearts and makes us realize we are part of nature and not separate from it."

Step back and take a moment to see the beauty of nature. The following advice and video of Louie Schwartzberg may inspire you to say "thanks" during this holiday season:

"If you respond as if it was the first day of your life and the last day, then you would've spent this day very well."

"Look at the

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Wednesday October 23, 2013

Signs That You're No Longer a Kid (or Even Close)

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  1. You're asleep, but others worry that you're dead.
  2. Your back goes out more than you do.
  3. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
  4. You're proud of your lawn mower.
  5. Your best friend is dating someone half his/her age... and isn't breaking any laws.
  6. You sing along with the elevator music.
  7. You'd rather go to work than stay home sick.
  8. You constantly talk about the price of gasoline.
  9. You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.
  10. You consider coffee one of the most important things in life.
  11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
  12. People call at 9 pm. And ask, "Did I wake you?"
  13. You send money to PBS.
  14. You know what the word equity means.
  15. You can't remember the last time you laid on the floor to watch television.
  16. Your ears are hairier than your head.
  17. You get into a heated argument about pension plans.
  18. You have a party and the neighbors don't even r
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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