Humor and Aging:

 Humor in the Nursing Home Setting




Humor and Aging

Introducing Humor into the Nursing Home

Caregiver Humor Attitudes

Resident Humor Profile

Staff Humor Profile

Leadership Humor Differences


Humor Quotient Newsletter




On-going  Discussion and Discovery



This section of the ITCHS website is devoted to sharing discoveries about humor in the nursing homediscoveries made from practical, trial-and-error exercises of on-the-ground caregivers as well as  from ITCHS' controlled research experiments.


In 2007, with an invitation to take the its Humor Quotient Test into Lake Winona Manor, a nursing home in Winona, Minnesota, ITCHS had the opportunity to apply insights from academic research begun in other fields to the aging services setting. Results of the Lake Winona Manor study were  presented at the 2009  Aging Services of Minnesota Institute.  That session, called "Laugher Is the Best Medicine," provided an opportunity to solicit input from aging services practitioners about methods for introducing humor into the aging services setting.  And it additionally provided an opportunity for ITCHS to research to initiate a large-scale study of the humor preferences of the eldercare industry.


ITCHS is extremely grateful to both Lake Winona Manor and to Aging Services of Minnesota for their cooperation in launching ITCHS research into aging services humor. 


This site will document on-going research and experimentation in the field of humor and aging.      


Introducing Humor into the Nursing Home:  caregivers share current successes and frustrations in incorporating humor into the aging services setting


Staff Humor Attitudes:  a profile of attitudes toward humor in the nursing home expressed by elder-caregivers


Resident Humor Profile:  a profile of humor preferred by nursing home residents at Lake Winona Manor


Staff Humor Profile:  a profile of humor preferred by Minnesota elder-caregivers


Leadership Humor Differences:  contrasting humor preferences between various elder-care leadership groups


Humor Quotient Newsletter:  more technical reports 


Research Consultantships: channel for establishing a cooperative research consultantship between ITCHS and an aging services facility



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