The Magic of Being Silly

The Magic of Being Silly

User Profile By Haley Burress   United States

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You know how you feel after a great laugh? The residents you serve don’t get the chance to laugh like that much in their senior years. Bring some playfulness and giggles to your community by giving yourself permission to be a bit silly.

You know how you feel after a great laugh? The residents you serve don’t get the chance to laugh like that much in their senior years. Bring some playfulness and giggles to your community by giving yourself permission to be a bit silly.

In this article we cover:

  • The Benefits of Laughter
  • How to be Playful and Professional
  • 12 Ways to Get Silly


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Jun 26th Mar 2019 Activity Coordinator
Reading a couple or three hilarious short stories to all residents before starting exercises or activities will make them awake and very attentive.
Talita 30th Mar 2019
Love this Jun! Great idea!
Jean 14th Mar 2019 Activities Provider
A true saying'Laughter is the best medicine'
Talita 30th Mar 2019
Yes so true x
Leslie 13th Mar 2019 Activities Assistant
I also sing loud and proud during our sing along time (and am not that good !) but it always gets a chuckle from even the serious ones ! And will get other joining in !
Haley 14th Mar 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
Yes Leslie! I love a good and loud sing along! :)
Pamela 12th Mar 2019 Activity Coordinator
I had the clients at our Social Day Program make some medium sized pom poms with yarn of various colors and we have "snowball" fights randomly. I had a full set of 'snowballs' however, we lost a few to a rambunctious group that REALLY got into the game.
This always induces laughter beyond the 4 walls we start off in and occasionally the directors of the program and the senior center join in! It is a certain guarantee that I will be the target and I am just fine with that!
Haley 14th Mar 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
Great idea, Pamela!
Salena 12th Mar 2019 Development Worker
I definitely believe in laughter, as much for the clients as for the employees/volunteers. Like you say it is maintaining that balance of professionalism and having the chance to have a laugh and create a smile or two.

We always end up heartily laughing when we play balloon tennis, as the residents are sitting and whacking balloons around the room with myself and the volunteers running around to pick up the balloons and pass them back to them. Often they start off, no don't want to play, but then when we get started they all join in, even the quiet ones.
Leslie 12th Mar 2019 Activities Assistant
Yes, we love the ballon volley with pool noodles ! I had a resident laughing so hard she had tears watching me attempt to use a hand held air pump for the first time ! Took me 20 minutes to blow up 8 balloons!!
Haley 14th Mar 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
Love this Salena!
Haley 11th Mar 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
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