Funny things happen at the Grange: introducing comedy activities in day services to older people with dementia – innovative practice

Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0105-0678 (2012) Funny things happen at the Grange: introducing comedy activities in day services to older people with dementia – innovative practice. Dementia . ISSN 1471-3012

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Abstract

This paper shares outcomes from the evaluation of a community project where comedy activities were introduced into a day centre for older people with dementia as a result of a partnership between the day centre, a local university and a specialist comedy provider. Four workshops were provided using improvisatory activities and comedy, as a medium to engage older people in reflecting on aspects of their care environment. The main output resulted in a 30 minute ‘mockumentary’ of the ‘Her Majesty the Queen’ visiting the day centre in the form of a digital reusable learning object to be used by social work and mental health professionals. The evaluation demonstrated some additional outcomes for those involved and highlighted the benefits of laughter and fun in promoting a positive climate.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online but print version in press as of 13/8/2013.
Keywords (uncontrolled): Comedy, day care, dementia, digital reusable learning resource, mockumentary, older people, organisational climate
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 11450
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Depositing User: Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2013 07:00
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 07:50
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11450

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