Clown in retirement homes: the doctor for the soul

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Nowadays, more and more clowns are used in old people's homes and clinics to promote the health of residents and patients. Some studies indicate the positive effects of laughing. If you laugh a lot, you will get better faster.

Everyday life in old people's homes is often gray and empty. Many residents do not even receive any more visits from their relatives. More and more institutions are now going to get involved through professional fun makers. On the occasion of World Laughter Day, clown trainer Udo Berenbrinker said that the profession of clown was “a profession with a future”.

Many studies have already shown that laughing helps against the feeling of loneliness and protects against illnesses. For this reason, elderly care institutions are increasingly engaging clows in order to give people in need of care a little more pleasure.

Doctor for the Mind
Dietmar Max Burger is a clown with body and soul. Recently, the master of laughter has appeared not only in daycare centers or events, but also recently in clinics, workshops for the disabled or old people's homes. Apparently, the clown profession is a promising job. Because more and more hospitals and old people's homes are demanding healthy laughter. "This distracts from the pain and worries," confirms Bettina Schmidt, a nurse from Hanover. "In the moments our patients forget their suffering, some laugh again for the first time in weeks". Burger calls himself "Doctor for the Mind". For him, joy is still the best cure. Again and again, when he is a clown in old people's homes, he is amazed at the joy of the residents. Because to laugh "nobody is too old" and the sometimes very old people would blossom again through the humor.

Medic and whole blood clown
Burger doesn't just have a clue about the art of laughing. He had previously studied medicine and also worked as a doctor. Sometimes worse experiences and impressions of geriatric medicine have made the professional clown think. He has been a "Doctor for the Mind" for several years and also trains other medical professionals as humorists. Because “a good dose of humor has been shown to promote the process of recovery. There are studies that show that health clowns could significantly reduce the use of psychotropic drugs. Humor changes people. It doesn't matter how old the audience is. A clown is able to positively change the entire atmosphere and facilities for the elderly, facilities for the disabled and hospitals. This promotes healthy people and encourages people to have more fun in life again. (sb)

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