Smile of the Week

A weekly shot of humor or inspiration


Hospice Patient Battles Cancer, Helps the Homeless

Last updated: August 24, 2016

Morrie Boogart, 91, is fighting skin cancer and a mass on his kidney while in hospice care. Despite his health issues, he’s managed to find time to knit hats for homeless people. In fact, he’s been doing this for the past 15 years, and has made over 8,000 knitted hats. Despite his illness, Boogart averages making one hat every two days.

Although he is confined to his room, he’s making a difference for so many lives outside of those four walls. “This has been the best thing that’s happened to me because I just stay in my room, “ he said.

What an amazing man!



Road Trip! 90-Year Old Woman choses RV Adventure over Cancer Treatment

Last updated: March 18, 2016

After Norma Bauerschmidt, 90, was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she had a choice: move into assisted living or take a road trip with her son (Tim), daughter-in-law (Ramie), and their dog (Ringo).

“I think I’d like to come along [on the road trip]”, Norma said.

Starting in Michigan, their excursion included Mount Rushmore Old Faithful at Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Florida and Georgia.

With beer and cake overload during her travels, Norma was having a blast. Tim mentioned he never saw his mom smile so much.

Norma's decision proved to be the best treatment. She’s living life to the fullest, joining her family on the trip of a lifetime, and creating everlasting memories.



Rapping Granny

Last updated: March 02, 2016

Norma Clarke, 78, was being transported to a hospital after suffering a nosebleed. During the ride, the paramedics recognized Clarke since she's been on TV before. Then, she surprised them as she began to deliver an impressive rap in the back of her ambulance ride.

A hospital ride is never fun, but Clarke definitely kept her spirits up with music under the situation she was in. Watch her uplifting rap captured on video by her grandson:



A Dream Come True

Last updated: February 23, 2016

You never know when your dreams will come true. For Virignia McLaurin, it happened at the age of 106. She always dreamt of visiting the White House and meeting the first African American President. Watch the moment when her dreams were fulfilled--she couldn't have been happier for the timing of this opportunity as she was also celebrating Black History Month:



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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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.