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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 January 21, 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 January 16, 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 17, 2014 (Updated: Thursday January 01, 2015)

'Twas the Night Before Christmas


‘Twas the night before Christmas at Rock-Away Rest, And all of us seniors were looking our best. Our glasses, how sparkly, our wrinkles, how merry; Our punch bowl held prune juice plus three drops of sherry.

A bedsock was taped to each walker in hope, That Santa would bring us soft candy and soap. We surely were lucky to be there with friends, Secure in this residence and in our Depends.

Our grandkids had sent us some Christmasy crafts, Like angels in snowsuits and penguins on rafts. The dental assistant had borrowed our teeth, And from them she’d crafted a holiday wreath.

The bed pans, so shiny, all stood in a row, Reflecting our candle’s magnificent glow. Our supper so festive — the joy wouldn’t stop – Was creamy warm oatmeal with sprinkles on top.

Our salad was Jell-O, so jiggly and great, Then puree of fruitcake was spooned on each plate. The social director then had us play game

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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)


Monday November 24, 2014 (Updated: Wednesday November 26, 2014)

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

  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
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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