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THANKSGIVING MEMORIES

Family, football, parades, and lots of turkey and pumpkin pie have become synonymous with Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday in November every year. Thanksgiving Day is special for many senior adults who savor memories of family gatherings around a large dinner table, brimming with food. In addition to the annual Thanksgiving feast, other traditions – new [...]

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ATTIC TREASURES

Did you ever go hunting for family treasures from bygone days? Grandma’s attic is a great place to search. You might find an old wooden trunk full of relics from the past – a lace wedding gown, an old Christmas stocking, embroidered tablecloths, Depression glassware, a military uniform, love letters in a box, or a [...]

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APPLE PICKING TIME

They come in shades of red, green, and yellow. They’re used in pies, crisps, cobblers, and dumplings.  Eating one a day keeps the doctor away – or so the old saying goes. Apples are a favorite fall fruit. Just the mention of the word conjures up pleasant memories - napping under an old apple tree [...]

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OLD-TIME RADIO

In the days before television, there was radio. Many of today’s generation of older adults grew up in an era in which the radio was the main source of entertainment and news. Listening to the radio was a nightly ritual for many families. All ears would be tuned in to a favorite radio show. There [...]

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SUMMER SUN AND FUN

Bright sunshine, clear blue skies, and an occasional white puffy cloud are the ingredients for a perfect summer day. A new season officially starts on June 21, and most people are eager to enjoy the warm, sunny days ahead. Summertime is full of simple family activities, like walking the dog, playing catch, weeding the flower [...]

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RAINDROPS AND RAINBOWS

Have you ever marveled at the sight of a rainbow in the sky? When you see the splash of colors, what do they remind you of? Though rare, rainbows are a beautiful sight in nature. People of all ages seem to be fascinated with them. Poets and songwriters find rainbows inspiring. Here are a few [...]

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COINS

What do you do with your spare change at the end of the day? Some people throw their coins in an old glass jar. You might remember seeing such a jar on your grandparents' or parents' dresser. Generations of Americans have used the coin jar to save money. Perhaps you sorted through a jar of [...]

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LAUGHFEST

Do you like to hear the sound of hearty laughter? It's hard not to chuckle along with others who are enjoying a good belly laugh. April is National Humor Month. You can provide the older adults in your group with plenty of opportunities for a giggle or a smile. Here are some suggestions for a [...]

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JEWELS: BE DAZZLED

Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds - sparkling jewels can sure catch our attention! Most women own a few sentimental pieces of jewelry. After all, jewelry is a favorite gift for special occasions, like anniversaries and birthdays. Weddings often feature a little razzle-dazzle from the shiny diamond ring to the heirloom pearl necklace. Invite your group [...]

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STARS

Whether you're gazing at the night sky, saluting the American flag, or watching the annual Academy Awards, you will be seeing "stars." Stars capture our imagination and are often a source of inspiration. The painter Vincent van Gogh covered several canvases with stars. Betsy Ross sewed stars and stripes on the first American flag. Gene [...]

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