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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840-852
Number of pages13
Issue number6
Early online date9 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013


  • comedy
  • day care
  • dementia
  • digital reusable learning resource
  • mockumentary
  • older people
  • organisational climate

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