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Smile of the Week

A weekly shot of humor or inspiration

Wednesday March 11, 2015 (Updated: Monday May 11, 2015)

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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Tuesday January 20, 2015 (Updated: Wednesday October 07, 2015)

Senior Wedding


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."

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Thursday January 08, 2015 (Updated: Thursday January 08, 2015)

My New Exercise Plan


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.


Monday December 29, 2014 (Updated: Monday January 12, 2015)

A New Year's Prayer for the Elderly


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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Tuesday December 23, 2014 (Updated: Friday October 23, 2015)

O Come, All Ye Dancers

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.

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Wednesday December 03, 2014 (Updated: Friday December 05, 2014)



"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)


Tuesday November 18, 2014 (Updated: Friday November 21, 2014)



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 sky! W

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Wednesday November 12, 2014 (Updated: Friday November 14, 2014)

A Grandmother's Pride

portrait of an old smiling woman wearing glasses

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


Tuesday October 28, 2014 (Updated: Sunday October 25, 2015)

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That


Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. -- Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house

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Thursday October 23, 2014 (Updated: Thursday September 03, 2015)

You're a Doll


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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