Managers, Directors and Center
Senior Center Best Practices
Senior Center/Nutrition Program/Organization Name
Charles T. Adams Senior Center
5 East Market Street Wilkes-Barre Pa 18701
Laugh Out Loud
Nettie Buchola the food service manager at the Charles T. Adams Senior
Center has a unique way to get every member of the center to come together ,
share their stories and shed their worries in a humorous way. She has
implemented the "Laugh Out Loud Program" at the center. The idea of this program
is to have members share their thoughts and concerns with other members through
humor. This has allowed members to know that they are not alone. In a non
threatening way, it helps members open up where they otherwise might not have
spoken up. It has led to members being referred to the proper agencies for help
and members have left the center feeling better ,after all, laughter can be the
Time and Manpower
A half hour (or more )each day to share jokes and stories, Manpower involves
all members bringing in jokes from the newspaper,internet ect…
Word of mouth is the best marketing for this program, when members tell
others how much fun they have and how better they feel afterwards it draws more
people to attend the program.
All the seniors and staff, laughing together is the best way to connect.
Members partner with staff to go online for jokes and stories to share, it
is a great way for seniors who would not otherwise use a computer to learn how
to navigate through the internet, which can be a great resource for seniors.
The cost is very minimal. The only supplies needed are a binder and
protector sheets to display all the jokes brought in from Nettie and her "Laugh
Out Loud" group.
Impact On Center
Members open up and find humor in their concerns which leads them to seek
help in resolving issues for a better quality of life, which is after all why
there are Senior Centers.
Laughter helps members open up to other members and staff so we can better
serve our seniors and that is one of our main missions.
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