May 2014 Newsletter

Spring is here and the blossoms are blooming. The days are getting longer and it is great for the sunset to be after 8PM. Everyone who helped others get through the ice and wind storms that brought down many tree limbs is appreciated for the support they gave.

Thank you for showing up and being there as a volunteer and for being a support to your senior. I am including a recruiting flyer with this newsletter and feel free to post it anywhere where others may see it. If you know of others that may be interested in Elder Help please give them my information as we need new volunteers.

For those seniors who may have lived in the area for many years there is a historical talk and video called “A Look Back at Eugene” at the Petersen Barn Community Center in northwest Eugene on Monday July 7 at 12:15PM that may be of interest. Registration is needed & you can call Petersen Barn at (541) 682-5521 for more info. The film & discussion are free & there is a Barnies Barbeque starting at 11:30AM prior to the film which is $3.00 and must also be registered for separately. They provide the main dish & beverage and you bring a salad or desert for the BBQ.

I will share some of the interesting websites that I have found relating to seniors and if you have favorite websites please let me know so that they can be shared., a website from Cleveland Ohio, has sections on funny jokes, stories, songs, and poems as well as jokes of the week. They also have a section on puzzles, brain teasers, and mind expanders.

A sample of the jokes from seniors posted at the site includes:    “Old is when you are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of the police” and “You know you are a senior when “getting lucky” means you found your car in the parking lot after wandering around”.

Suddenly Senior has a good section called epic senior trivia that has multiple choice questions like:

  1. In the 1950’s if you had a flat rear tire on your auto to change it you often had to remove the:
    1. Necker knob             b. Curb feeler, or            c. Fender skirt
  2. Way before the Nike Air Jordan shoes, what was a child’s shoe of choice?
    1. a. Buster Brown            b. PF Flyers                             c. Dunkers
  3. 3. Tinkertoys date back to when?
    1. a. 1914                           b. 1949                          c. 1963


  1. C-Fender skirts were attached to the rear fenders and covered half the wheel to streamline the car; (Necker knobs used to be part of the auto steering wheel prior to power steering
  2. B-PF Flyers were produced by BF Goodrich as the Posture Foundation insole beginning in the 1930’s and were very popular
  3. A-Tinkertoys date back to 1914.

There are a number of poetry books that are focused on the aging process but the most prolific writer of poetry focused on seniors appears to be Judith Viorst who lives in Washington DC and has the following books of poetry:

“Suddenly Sixty and Other Shocks of Later Life”; “I’m Too Young to Be Seventy and Other Delusions”; and “Unexpectedly Eighty and Other Adaptations” the last one published in 2010. If any of the seniors or volunteers in Elder Help would like to share a poem that they have written with others I would be happy to try and include it in a newsletter.

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
—Marcel Proust, French writer

If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.
—Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

I feel the capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest significance.
—Pablo Casals, Spanish musician

If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.
—Clarence Darrow