Caregiver’s Corner–Lighten Up!

June 20, 2008 by  
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When I was in the throws of my caregiving responsibilities, or should I say, when I was thrown into caregiving, either way….I loved being around people who made me smile and there was nothing better than a good, full out belly laugh. They were few and far between, but they were so much appreciated. has debunked the old addage that it takes 33 muscles to frown and 13 to smile. I’ve heard the saying with various numbers and physiologically, it may not be true, but one thing is for sure. It definitely feels better (and is better for your health) to smile and think positively than it is to walk around blue and depressed.

Even though you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. I encourage you to smile. To lighten up. To look for the good as you go throughout your day and to realize that although, you may be tired and things may be tough, there is always someone who is worse off than you are.

Consider This:

  • Nearly 3 billion people in the world live on less than $2.00 per day
  • Close to half of all people in developing countries suffering at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.

Today, I just want to encourage you along the way. Smile. Send a note to someone who may be as stressed as you are. Say a kind word or send anonymous flowers to someone.

Hopefully, these jokes will make you smile:

Three Elderly Men

Three elderly men are talking about their aches, pains and bodily functions. The seventy-year old man says, “I have this problem. I wake up every morning at seven and it takes me twenty minutes to tinkle.”The eighty-year old man says, “My case is worse. I get up at eight and I sit there and grunt and groan for half an hour before I finally have a BM.”

The ninety-year old says, “At seven I pee like a horse, at eight I flop like a cow.”

“So what’s your problem?” ask the others.

“I don’t wake up until nine.”

Pet Names

An elderly gent was invited to his old friends` home for dinner one evening. He was impressed by the way his buddy preceded every request to his wife with endearing terms calling her Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, Pumpkin, etc. The couple had been married almost 70 years, and it seemed they were still very much in love.

While the wife was off in the kitchen, the man leaned over and said to his buddy, “I think it`s wonderful that, after all the years you`ve been married, you still call your wife those loving pet names.”

The old man hung his head. “I have to tell you the truth,” he said.”I forgot her name about ten years ago.”

Jokes compliments of I got a great laugh reading and selecting them. I hope you did too.


Loretta Spivey (aka AlzWriter)

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