Betty White is 88 years old, but don't tell her that. She's showing no sign of slowing down, and if anything, she's kicked it into a higher gear now that she knows not only what she wants, but how to get it. If she's strong-willed and not afraid to be a little raunchy -- and she never wants to get old -- indulge that adventurous grandma.
- "Old Jews Telling Jokes: 5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs," by Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman ($10.41), puts the elderly front and center, even if its laughs aren't based on age. It has the seal of approval from Mel Brooks, and is available on CD or as an MP3 for the consummate comedic delivery. Additionally, if you're sure she can't be offended, Sarah Silverman's "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee" ($14.81) is pure raunchy fun: The kids will be scandalized at both the bits she's retelling and how hard she's laughing.
- For the older folks in our lives, movement is important. Shoes like Skechers Shape-ups have a rounded bottom, designed to tone legs, strengthen the back and reduce pressure on knees and joints. The arm-thrusting power walk is a favorite of white-haired women everywhere, and stylish exercise shoes are a must-have accessory for the endless pursuit of youth.
- Old people ache. The years of wear and tear, of birthing babies and manual labor and the occasional tackle football game, take a grim toll. For starters, spring for a SpaFinder gift certificate ($100) so they can find some blessed, if temporary relief. (Maybe spring for two or three.) Or, if you owe this old folk a lot -- like maybe your life -- consider investing in a more daily form of treatment with this state-of-the-art Sogno Dreamwave massage chair by Inada ($6,799). And if your Betty really just wants to kick back and remember her youth, uncork a 30-year-old Glenfiddich single malt. What better way to remember her wild 50s?