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The Importance of Humor

Today’s Reflection

A SENSE OF HUMOR is vital to the well-being of older adults. Sometimes all they need is a jump-start to laughter. You can help an older adult find the brighter side of aging, even when days seem dark, by using and adapting these suggestions.

  • Happy thoughts flip book. Create a personalized book of happy thoughts for an older loved one. Write inspirational thoughts, quotes, or jokes in easy-to-read print on four-by-six index cards. Use spiral-bound note cards or place the index cards in a photo album for easy flipping. The book of happy thoughts will lift the spirits of older adults on an ordinary day.

– Missy Buchanan
Joy Boosters

From page 45 of Joy Boosters: 120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2012 by Missy Buchanan. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Is there an older adult in your live whom you can visit or call? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.
2 Corinthians 4:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for people new Christians. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

Happy 75th anniversary, El Aposento Alto!
This year, the Spanish language edition of El Aposento Alto celebrates its 75th anniversary. Congratulate the editors and the community in the comment section on the web: http://elaposentoalto.upperroom.org/es

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember Rabanus Maurus (January 30).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • joyce craig February 9, 2013, 10:12 am

    I started a group of people who go to various nursing homes and retirement centers and lead singing of songs that they might remember from the past. We always get them laughing as our object is having fun with them, not showing what great singers we are. Actually, we are not great singers. We do work on our songs and I bought a digital piano so I can put the music in a lower key, which older people appreciate. Many of the people in our group have physical problems and it is great for them too. Most can’t drive and we have wheelchairs and walkers and canes and really relate to the people we serve. Our church supports us with a use of a van, but not all of us are members.
    The songs we sing are sometimes irreverant and they love it!

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 12, 2013, 7:56 pm

    It is good to buy new clothes for the elderly though they always say they do not need them as they are dying soon.

    Over the Chinese New Year I bought some new clothes for my mum and it makes her so happy.

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