Humor Therapy Program

An ongoing outreach effort in Southwest Florida’s care facilities: hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult care centers. Focused on relationship-building, the talented professional clowns, entertainers, musicians, and trained volunteers provide “humor with a purpose.”

  • Humor is a recognized as a viable treatment for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain perception while having a positive, lasting effect on the body’s immune system, heart, and brain bringing joy and improving quality of life
  • The Humor Therapy Program is therapeutic entertainment in a group setting or a one-on-one bedside visitation and conversation with memory stimulation and physical activities
  • Humor Therapy focuses on relationship-building for the senior community, the special needs community, human services, empowerment organizations, and educational programming
  • It is a long-term partnership offering daily comedy, education, exercise, and healthcare
  • Consistently presenting reoccurring characters is very important in relationship-building
  • These community outreach programs offer multi-content, one hour (morning and afternoon), professional programs with additional time for a comprehensive “welcome” and “thank you” program
  • Partnering with over 15 senior-care and special-needs facilities throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Humor Therapy  program fills the gap between healthcare professionals and  family members
  • The pair of professional artists have backgrounds in entertainment, but through their close work with  facility staff, have gained knowledge in Alzheimer’s care, dementia treatment, and human services
  • Characters presented range from their signature friendly and welcoming “Chucko the all-American circus clown”, to Groucho Marx, Charlie Chaplin, Jimmy Durante, and other well-known personalities

A special Thank You to the Selby Foundation and the Pines of Sarasota (a not-for-profit nursing facility) for their “Innovative Partnership Grant” in 2000, allowing the creation of these valuable community programs!

Weekly Programs and Visits include: