Laughing Together - Five Activities to Get Residents Smiling

Laughing Together - Five Activities to Get Residents Smiling

User Profile By Molly Wisniewski   United States

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Laughing together as a community is what will bring the brightest smiles to your activity. Here are five activities that encourage active participation of the whole community.

Activity Professionals know first-hand just how much fun can be had in care homes and how vital their role is in keeping the residents in their care actively engaged.

Laughing together as a community is what will bring the brightest smiles to your activity.

Here are 5 activities that encourage laughter and active participation of the whole community!

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Lyn 24th Apr 2018 Volunteer
We sang the Laughing Policeman at our dementia cafe last week, everyone loved it and some were crying with laughter at the end of the song. We will definitely be singing it again.
I love this site, as an enthusiastic volunteer running a dementia cafe I need all the help I can get. Thank you from London.
Talita 29th Apr 2018
Thanks so much Lyn, so lovely to hear from you! x
Charlene 10th Apr 2018 Aged Care Co-ordinator
What a fantastic idea!! Ive been working in Aged Care for 18 mths now and just got promoted to become a shared Care Co-ordinator for one of our floors with 40 residents both high and low care. I absolutely love my job and want to make the residents feel happy and always engaging in different activities. So this website is wonderful for me to get great ideas from. I cant wait to start. :)
Talita 14th Apr 2018
I love your enthusiasm Charlene! Thanks so much for your lovely feedback. All the best with your new position!
Nori 28th Mar 2018 Activity Director
These ideas are wonderful! I'll be using a few of them at our "Laughter is the Best Medicine" program next month!
I recently did a bulletin board with riddles: I typed them in a large-size font and printed them out, and stapled them to the board only at their tops. Then, underneath each riddle, I wrote the answer. Passers-by just had to lift up each question to see the answer. Some of the riddles I included were: "What do you call a sleepwalking nun?" (a roamin' Catholic); "Why did the chicken coop only have two doors?" (because if it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan); "Why did the farmer receive an award?" (because she was outstanding in her field)...you get the idea. :)
Molly 28th Mar 2018 Activity Professional & Writer
Hi Nori, I love the idea of a "Laughter is the Best Medicine" program (I'm smiling already). Thank you for sharing the riddle board idea, such a great way to get everyone involved in the fun!!
Pam 28th Mar 2018 Activity Coordinator
We are still loving Golden Cares over here in Shawnigan Lake BC
there will be a fabulous laughing circle going on this morning:) thanks for all the tips!
Molly 28th Mar 2018 Activity Professional & Writer
Hi Pam, thank you for your note. I'm so excited to hear you will be holding a laughing circle! I'd love to hear how it goes.
Charlene 14th Apr 2018 Aged Care Co-ordinator
I'd love to try this activity too, even the Comedy show would be great.
Molly Wisniewski 27th Mar 2018 Activity Professional & Writer
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