What People Say about SIMPLE PLEASURES Books

“My uncle used to say, ‘It’s hotter than hell, let’s break out the watermelon’ . . . Now, I don’t like watermelon, but pineapple is not too bad. I don’t know where they got the name pineapple. It doesn’t look like a pine or an apple.”
Ruth, 90 years old with medium level of dementia

“Strawberries . . . mm-m-m-m . . . I love ‘em and sure did pick many.”
Delores, 90 years old with high level of dementia

About watermelon: “When I was 8 years old, me and the other kids would steal ‘em from the neighbor’s farm . . . ha ha ha!”
Joe, 101 years old with low level of dementia

Magdalena, who has spoken only a few times in many years, said the word “Apple” as she smiled and laughed.
Magdalena, 85 years old with medium level of dementia

“I made many apple pies . . . I remember my grape bushes . . . My brother grew
lemons . . . I climbed the cherry tree and saw that the neighbor’s cow had gotten into the wrong field, so I went next door to help ‘em move the cows back.”
Alberta, 84 years old with medium level of dementia

“I grew cantaloupes in Nebraska. Had over 70 of ‘em. They were good.”
Robert, 85 years old with medium level of dementia

About cherries: “Oh, yeah . . . my wife baked cherry pies . . . my favorite . . .
mm-m-m-m.”
Walter, 86 years old with high level of dementia

“I put my green parrot up in the cherry tree to feast. That parrot would spit out the
skin . . . ha-ha-ha . . . and I remember picking apples for applesauce as a little girl.”
Lily, 89 years old with medium level of dementia

Francine lives in a residential care facility and was part of a small group of Special Seniors looking through the FRUITS book, page by page, with the activity coordinator. When the activity coordinator turned to the Banana page, he asked, “What do you do with this?” A moment passed and then Francine, who is usually very quiet, looked up with a twinkle in her eye and said, “Why . . . you just tear it down and eat it up!” She cracked up everyone in the group and the staff as well.
Francine, 99 years old with high level of dementia