It is scientifically proven that laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection fighting antibodies. Meaning, laughter can literally improve resistance against diseases! Watching a good comedy movie is beneficial to seniors especially those with conditions. Luckily, we compiled a few comedy movies seniors might enjoy. Here are 7 comedy movies for seniors:

7 Comedy Movies for Seniors:

1. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

This is the film that carried Jim Carrey from an unknown comedian to a famous one. I would recommend this film to seniors who enjoys his brand of physical comedy.

Available on: Youtube Movies, Netflix, Google Play Movies

2. Forrest Gump (1994)

Unless you’ve been living in a rock for the past 30 years, chances are you probably already seen this classic. This is one of the highest-rated movies of all time thanks to Tom Hanks’ award-winning performance. This is one of the comedy movies for seniors who enjoy a little bit of drama mixed with comedy.

Available on: Youtube Movies, Netflix, Google Play Movies, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

3. Funny Girl (1968)

A musical comedy-drama film released in 1968 set in New York City. Barbra Streisand earned and Academy Award for her performance as Fanny Brice. Seniors who love musical films should watch this film.

Available on: Netflix, Apple TV

4. She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Written, produced, edited, and directed by the New York legend Spike Lee. The way this movie was shot was what separated this film from other comedy movies at that time. The direction was bold for its “mockumentary” style, which made the film stand out. Just be warned that there is some nudity.

Available on: Netflix

5. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Life of Brian was controversial film at the time of its release due to the film’s themes of religious satire. Considered blasphemy by some, but it is really a reflection of the many problems of the world. This is a comedy movie for seniors who are more open minded.

Available on: Netflix, Apple TV

6. The Addams Family (1991)

A film based on the characters from the cartoon created by Charles Addams. It was considered a family film but I don’t think it would be by today’s standard because of its darker comedy and sexual jokes. This is fit for an audience with a more sophisticated sense of humor.

Available on: Netflix, Apple TV, Youtube Movies, Google Play Movies

7. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

This film adds a comedic twist to the story of King Arthur. With its combination of timeless jokes and ridiculous characters, this film is easy to recommend to someone who wants a good laugh.

Available on: Netflix

Benefits of Laughter to Seniors

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Comedy movies for seniors can be beneficial for their health, here is how:

  • Relieves stress by reducing levels of the “stress hormone” known as cortisol.
  • It may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
  • Laughter can also help with circulation and aid muscle relaxation.
  • Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Laughing increases the level of health-enhancing hormones, like endorphins.

Now that we’ve seen how laughter can benefit the elders, let’s look at how we can help elders who are in need of care.

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