Stroke Newsletter Spring 2013 - older
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Stroke Newsletter Spring 2013
7 tips for heart-healthy eating away from home
The following is only for older people
Ability of brain to protect itself from damage revealed
Ways to dodge incontinence
7 ways to keep stress and blood pressure down
5 ways exercise helps men and women
4 ways to keep moving with joint pain
For men over 50: Take control of your health
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The following is only for older people – however you may share it with someone younger who will probably have a good laugh!


Someone asked the other day ‘What was your favourite ‘fast food’ when you were growing up?’

‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him, ‘All the food was slow.’

“C’mon, seriously.... Where did you eat?’

‘It was a place called home,’ I explained.  ‘Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’

By this time the lad was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer some serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table!

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I’d figured his system could have handled it –  Some parents never owned their own house, wore jeans, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.  My parents never drove me to school.  I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed (slow).

Pizzas were not delivered to our home, but milk was.  All newspapers were delivered by local school boys.  My brother delivered a newspaper seven days a week.  He had to get up at 6 every morning.

How Many Do You Remember?

Headlight dip-switches on the floor of the car.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Using hand signals for cars without turn indicators.

Older Than Dirt Quiz:

Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told about.  Ratings at the bottom.

  1. Sweet cigarettes
  2. Coffee shops with juke boxes
  3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
  4. Party lines on the telephone
  5. Newsreels/cartoons before the movie
  6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the afternoon (there was only one channel with Afrikaans one day and English the next)
  7. Peashooters
  8. Cork popguns
  9. 33 rpm records
  10. 45 rpm records
  11. 78 rpm records
  12. Soda Siphons
  13. Metal ice trays with levers
  14. Blue flashbulbs
  15. Washing machine wringers (mangles)


If you remembered       0-3 = you’re still young

                                    3-6 = you are getting older

                                    7-10 = don’t tell your age

                                    11-15 = you’re positively ancient!


I’m positively ancient, but those memories are some of the best parts of my life!