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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

1950's Reminiscing for Caregivers and Elderly Seniors

Reminiscing about historical trivia and events is fun and if you want to start a conversation with an elderly senior you can always ask about the 1950's. Hoola Hoops, the Willys Woody Car, the first Kentucky Fried Chicken, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn in The African Queen, poodles on everything, the beginnings of rock and roll, and the new thing called television were part of the 50's. You'll find this at

Agatha Christi's play "The Mousetrap" became the longest running play in history. Movies included "Singin in the Rain" and John Wayne in "The Quiet Man." The first Holiday Inn opened in Tennessee.

In 1952 in the United States the average cost of a new home was $9, 050, average yearly wages were $3,850, the cost of a gallon of gas was 20 cents, and the average cost of a new car was $1,750. Average rent was $80 per month.

In 1956 Prince Ranier married Grace Kelley, black and white portable television sets hit the market, and teflon frying pans came out. Pepsi Cola and Post Raisen Bran were new products.

You can go to the website at for trivia on any year you choose, and find some good conversation topics to share.

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