Laughter and humor positively influence the body’s healing system. Elderly residents in long-term care facilities often lack the necessary stimulation to sustain a cheerful frame of mind.
The difficulty lies in the fact that what is funny to one person may pass unobserved to another. So it is important to incorporate funny and amusing activities into your regular program that cater to all tastes.
1. Create a Laughing Basket: Use a wicker basket to collect tidbits of humor. Folded pieces paper with written jokes and funny sayings, masks, silly toys, a clown nose, Groucho glasses, rubber noses, and noisemakers.
2. Tell Jokes:
- Tongue Twisters
- Buy a Joke Book for all Occasions
- Share Jokes
3. On Cue Staff Dancing: Make a deal with staff: every time they hear certain music e.g. The Macarena, or The Chicken Dance – they will start to dance right where they are! Play the music 3 or 4 times a day when clients are around.
4. Themed Days: Hold theme day parties and dress and behave accordingly.
5. DIY Horoscopes: Find a group of clients, volunteers, and staff to write a profile to suit clients. It is bound to put a smile on the faces of clients.
6. Invite Children to Play: Watching babies or children play is a wonderful way to bring joy and laughter into your facility.