Never too old for a joke

An award-winning bush poet will make Rockhampton seniors laugh this week as part of a unique “happiness” initiative to boost wellness.

Aged Care specialist Margaret Eather said champion bush poet Gregory North would deliver his show at Carinity’s Shalom Community on Friday as part of its lifestyle program.

“Studies have shown laughter relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system and triggers the release of endorphins which can lead to psychological benefits,” Ms Eather said.

She said Carinity – a not-for-profit care provider – believed happiness and humour were an important part of living a great life.

“I think there is this assumption that when you get older you becoming boring and humourless but it’s certainly not the case. I am often surprised, and delighted, by our residents’ sense of humour. At Carinity we encourage as much fun and laughter as possible through a variety of lifestyle activities,” she said.

Gregory North is a renowned entertainer and Australian Bush Poetry Champion three years running in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He won Album of the Year and Single Recorded Performance of the Year at last year’s Australian Bush Laureate Awards.

He is performing exclusively for the residents of Carinity Aged Care – Shalom and its associated Friends of Shalom supporter group.

Mr North said he was looking forward to performing for the seniors’ community.

“Laughter is something we are born with and I am excited to be part of Carinity’s happiness initiative,” Mr North said.

“My poetry isn’t restricted to a particular demographic but rather it resonates with people who appreciate poetry and theatre. I do a combination of my own poetry and recitals with many different accents and hats.”

“My inspiration for poems comes from a variety of sources, from history to coal seam gas to taxi drivers. It’s all about having some fun and feeling good about life.”

Media Contact:

Emma Sugget, Communications Officer, Carinity

Ph: (07) 3550 3769 / 0409 865 930


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