Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. As the old woman was leaving, he called out, "Goodbye, Mother! " "Your mother said that you would pay for her," said the clerk. But the parrot starts insulting him and gets really nasty, so the man picks up the parrot and tosses him into the freezer to teach him a lesson.
The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation.. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. " As he stepped up to the checkout counter, he saw that his total was 7.50. He hears the bird squawking for a few minutes, but all of a sudden the parrot is quiet.
In addition to solving the problems of excessively expensive healthcare, deteriorating infrastructure, and growing income inequality, Gen-Xers must also cope with the likelihood that Dad or Mom will not retire quietly and simply settle into babysitting, knitting, or teaching grandkids how to whittle.
Just as seniors have appropriated Starbucks and Facebook from their grandchildren, they flood gyms to take Pilates and yoga classes.
However, as 80-year-old poet and children’s book author Judith Viorst notes, seniors have already experienced “bad stuff” – holes in the brain from which names and dates have dropped, ailments you’ve never heard of, and attending funeral after funeral of dear friends and family.
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In its 2010 report “Sex, Romance, and Relationships,” the AARP surveyed a nationally representative sample of middle-aged and older people about their sex lives.
It's been said that 'Laughter IS the Best Medicine.' Nothing works faster or is more dependable to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. It would make me feel so much better." "Sure," answered the young man.
With death comes grief – sometimes terrible, devastating sadness that seems as if it will never end. For most, this period lasts from six months to a year, the periods of sadness gradually lessening over time.
(You can read of my experiences taking care of my dad at Mad Dad!
Generation Xers are beginning to turn the corner, midway between their teens and retirement.
One of the most emotionally complex and difficult things a person can experience is taking care of an elderly parent.
I recently spent time tending to my aging, widowed father, and thought I'd pass along these 15 points, each of which I found to be significantly helpful during this phase of my own life.