Laughter is part of active ageing. It keeps us young at heart and helps us deal with our changing lives.
Laughter for Older People
Laughter helps you physically and emotionally and socially to be healthier and happier throughout your entire lives. It is such a special and important physiological response. It is one of the universal languages with which the whole world communicates, dissolving the barriers of age, background, and status. It is a mood altering substance which is free, and legal, and doesn’t need a prescription.
A newly trained Laughter Leader at 70!
One of our volunteers trained as a Laughter Yoga leader in her 70s. She said this about the laughter activities:
It turned my life right around. It came to me at a time when I had lost 2 family members. I found it has helped me with pain relief from arthritis and it stopped me dropping into depression which I could easily have done. I still have osteoarthritis. But now I don’t suffer from it. I don’t take any painkillers. I don’t need to. I used to have lots of back pain, a lot of joint pain, and the laughter really has helped relieved that. It also does help with depression. I lost my husband and my daughter. The laughter is uplifting, joyful, childlike. It doesn’t put any pressure on anyone to do things they don’t want to do. You just sit back and watch others and join in if you feel like it or not it you don't. It is a bonding. It is social glue. It brings together people who wouldn’t otherwise meet each other.
Laughter sessions in care homes and for community groups
We lead laughter workshops in care homes, day centres and for community groups.
Used in a care home setting, doing something as simple as laughing with each other can uplift the spirits of both residents and staff. You remember laughter with fondness. It is social glue which brings you closer. By increasing the amount of appropriate laughter in your care home, you can improve the quality of life for everyone involved.
My colleague Jo Eadie, says, “At the end of a session, people often talk about how much better they feel, they've got to know each other. One elderly person recently said that she'd been given a whole list of exercises to do by her doctor, but had never been able to bring herself to do them. However, she'd found herself doing all sorts of similar moves quite happily in the session - rolling her shoulders, stretching her arms up, shaking her wrists - just because they were all accompanied by a laugh.”
Active Ageing Laughter Activities and Film showings
Feelgood Communities have worked with Intergen CIC and two European partners on the HAHAs project looking at laughter and active ageing. We are also linked with the European Film Festival for Generations which shows films with positive images of older people; we show films in Greater Manchester and have laughter greetings games before the screenings.
Contact us to be involved!