Year: 1987 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (20th: 1987: San Francisco), p.419-421 SIEC No: 19880897

In this summary, the author discusses the main features of the successful use of humour in the treatment of the aged. For example, humour is communicated to others in a group (group treatment is most effective in the elderly because it touches on the need for belonging); the communication occurs at the latent level; the themes deal with anxieties that we all keep hidden. When people laugh together at e.g. senility, illness, & death that which is feared becomes less frightening. (GW)