Smile of the Week

A weekly shot of humor or inspiration


Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Last updated: January 08, 2016

Elvis Presley, a legendary musical icon, would have turned 81 today. He's made a significant impact on Rock and Roll music during the 20th century.

His music will stand the test of time. In honor of his special day, here are some of his greatest hits:

Hope it will bring a smile to your face!



Lord of the Dance Floor

Last updated: December 30, 2015

Dancing is not only fun, but it actually has many physical and mental benefits. It can pick up your mood by giving you greater self-confidence and self-esteem. Other great perks include shedding calories, increasing your heart rate, and improving your balance and muscle strength. Look no further than this spry gentleman's sweet moves for your dance floor inspiration.



Spectacular Salsa (Paddy and Nico)

Last updated: March 11, 2015

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.



Senior Wedding

Last updated: January 20, 2015

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Jacob, age 92, and Mary, age 89, are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a drugstore. Jacob suggests they go in.

Jacob addresses the man behind the counter, "Are you the owner?"

The pharmacist answers, "Yes."

Jacob: "We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?"

Pharmacist: "Of course we do."

Jacob: "How about medicine for circulation?"

Pharmacist: "All kinds."

Jacob: "Medicine for rheumatism?"

Pharmacist: "Definitely."

Jacob: "How about suppositories?"

Pharmacist: "You bet!"

Jacob: "Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, and Alzheimer's?"

Pharmacist: "Yes, a large variety. The works."

Jacob: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills,Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?"

Pharmacist: "Absolutely."

Jacob: "Everything for heartburn and indigestion?"

Pharmacist: "We sure do."



My New Exercise Plan

Last updated: January 08, 2015

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I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising.

I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour.

But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.



A New Year's Prayer for the Elderly

Last updated: December 29, 2014

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A member of the Caring.com community posted this prayer in our Alzheimer's Support Group this week.

God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Here's to a great new year!

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O Come, All Ye Dancers

Last updated: December 23, 2014

The holiday season is usually a time for celebrations filled with food and family. Sometimes the season brings about a twist that might just leave you speechless. Watch this talented bunch bust a move to this upbeat Christmas tune. You never know what what surprises the holidays have in store.



Kindness

Last updated: December 03, 2014

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"How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!" --Anne Frank (1929-1945)


Gratitude

Last updated: November 18, 2014

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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."

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A Grandmother's Pride

Last updated: November 12, 2014

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For three long hours, the lady sitting next to a man on an airplane had told him about her grandchildren. She had even produced a large photo album of all 12 of her grandchildren.

She finally realized that she'd dominated the entire conversation, talking about her grandchildren.

"Oh, I've done all the talking, and I'm very sorry. I know you certainly must have something to say. Please tell me: What do you think of my grandchildren?" --Unknown


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.