Many seniors find that there is nothing better than watching a comedy movie to help them forget about their troubles. In fact, Temple in-home care professionals recommend the practice as laughter boosts emotional wellbeing. Seniors who love comedy can also gain inspiration from comedians who continued to work long after most people retire.
1. Rodney Dangerfield
Jacob Cohen entered the world on November 22, 1921. Despite trying comedic routines at resorts as a teenager, he never achieved success. Instead, he settled down, got married and sold aluminum siding to support his family. It was not until he got divorced at the age of 41 that he took on the character of Rodney Dangerfield. The world quickly fell in love with him for his work in Caddyshack, No Respect and in the sitcom Still Standing.
2. Phyllis Diller
The world would have missed the comedy of Phyllis Diller if it had not been for the encouragement of her husband. When Phyllis was 37 years old, her husband encouraged her to try out for You Bet Your Life. This show starring Groucho Marx was a huge success. Most of her work was in clubs where she regularly worked until she was 89 years old, although she did voice overs in many movies including A Bug’s Life.
3. Red Skelton
Richard Bernard Skelton performed in his own comedy show on television from 1951 to 1971. His opening character sketches poked fun at many famous people and were not to be missed. After his show was cancelled, Skelton went on to a very successful stand-up comedy performer. His last performance was in 1981 when he was 68 years old.
4. Carol Burnett
For over 11 seasons, families gathered weekly in front of their televisions to watch the Carol Burnett Show. Her first acting role, however, was on Broadway in Once Upon a Mattress. She has appeared in many films including Horton Hears a Who and Annie. Most recently, she did recurring roles as Aunt Deb on Hawaii Five-O.
5. Lucille Ball
Seniors may want to introduce their grandchildren to the comedy routines of Lucille Ball as they still remain classics in the world of comedy. In addition to her successful comedy career, she became the first woman to own a television production studio producing major hits including Mission Impossible and Star Trek. Her last public appearance was in 1989 at the Academy Awards where she introduced Bob Hope.
Laughter is essential when it comes to boosting vitality. With help from Temple caregivers from Home Care Assistance, your senior loved one will get a compatible companion that will boost emotional wellbeing in the comfort of home. Call 254-856-0600 today to speak with a friendly Care Manager and learn more about our services.