We're a social enterprise that hopes - like Grey Pride - to put older people right into the centre of the mix while challenging a few stereotypes along the way. Our recently launched Silver Stand Up Of The Year Award aimed to do just that. Comedy is a great way to communicate - including its use in such areas as political satire. Is anyone too old to be funny? Are you too old to have a laugh?

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. Comedy is a great way to communicate - including its use in such areas as political satire.


Right on brother, dont you know just like Alice we have gone down the rabbit hole ....and arrived a midst madness on both <political > sides good bunch of comedians most of them..  annd when you ask what am i doing here ?      probably the answer will be because you must be mad too...

Isn't "Silver" second place? Sod that.

Laughter is the best medicine

The UK is getting older. By 2035 the number of people aged 85 and over will hit 3.6 million, two and a half times the number in 2010. By that date 23 percent of us will be over 65. This has massive implications for pensions and the amount of resources that will be available to support elderly people in their homes. Basically, we will need to provide more and better housing and health care with fewer resources.

One tool that can be used in the battle to reduce health and care costs and keep the elderly young at heart is …comedy. Yes, comedy. There is plenty of evidence to show that laughter reduces pain because it releases chemicals that act as a natural painkiller.  Laughter also produces  psychological and physiological effects on the body that are comparable to the health benefits of aerobic exercise. A good belly laugh can also help to reduce stress and anxiety. In short, a laugh a day keeps the doctor away.

Groups like Silver Comedy have responded to these findings by offering bespoke comedy packages to housing providers. In this project, reported in The Guardian, they arranged for “The Queen” to visit a dementia day care centre in Brent. Her visit went down a storm. I should declare an interest, because I have known one of Silver Comedy’s  Directors George Baddeley for years, but I think they may be on to something. As our population ages, giving elderly residents a good laugh may be a cost effective way of increasing the sum of human happiness in sheltered and extra care schemes, and may help to save on care and medical bills in the longer run. Comedy sessions also bring people together in a really positive way. Sharing laughter and mutual enjoyment can help to counteract loneliness - and loneliness is a big problem for older people. We all know that old age has the potential to be a dispiriting and painful experience. But the ability to face ageing and our eventual death with a laugh and a chuckle (“Always Look on the Bright side of Life”) is something we should all aim for.

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/ihstory.aspx?storycode=6521468

Thanks Kevin/Colin,

Yours should have been the Original Post. I don't think anybody would question the value of laughter, but your article in Inside Housing touched on issues which hinder amusement. The obvious one is the unfriendliness of the built environment (my words). Difficult to see the funny side of inaccessible or dangerous spaces.

BTW, my reaction to the name remains the same,

Richard.

Hello again Kevin/Colin,

Regarding the issues I mentioned in my previous post, These websites arwe worth visiting:

http://population.org

www.idgo.ac.uk

Here you will get bang up to date info on both, inclusive design in the environment, and true facts about population growth and its implications.

Richard.

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