Dayton at-home care professionals encourage seniors to boost emotional wellbeing through laughter. Whether they seek out humor from others or act as comedians themselves, you’re never too old to enjoy a good laugh. Many well-known comedians past and present have worked and lived way past the age of retirement. Many leave behind quite a legacy. Following are five of the most memorable senior comedians of all time.
1. Carol Burnett
She started her comic career on The Paul Winchell Show at the age of 22. By 1967, Burnett had her own show. Often appearing in films or on TV, she was also famous for imitating the Tarzan yell. At 83, Burnett continues working. Her most recent appearance was for a role on Hawaii Five-O. She is a great fan of games and often hosts parties that include mystery and other themed-games.
2. Jerry Lewis
The 90-year-old comedic performer began his career starring in films with Dean Martin. He would later appear solo in Cinderfella and The Nuttiest Professor. Lewis once taught filmmaking classes where two of his students were George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. He is also well known for hosting the annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon.
3. Leslie Nielsen
The silver-haired, blue-eyed comic actor was born and raised in Canada. He became a U.S. citizen in 1958. His early career involved serious roles as in the film entitled The Poseidon Adventure. He starred in more than 50 films and television shows including Airplane and The Naked Gun. Nielsen passed away in 2010 at the age of 84.
4. Lucille Ball
Ball started out by playing a number of serious roles beginning in the 1930s. Her comic career took off when she starred beside her husband, Desi Arnaz, in the I Love Lucy TV sitcom. Little-known facts of this famous redhead include her fear of birds and superstition of the letters “A” and “R.” Ball passed away in 1989 at the age of 77 after appearing at the Academy Awards.
5. Mel Brooks
Though he appeared in front of the camera many times, his movies are most remembered. These include Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Spaceballs. During WWII, Brooks served in the United States Army. He is the only entertainer to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. He turned 90 on June 2016.
Laughter is incredibly beneficial for seniors in terms of vitality and longevity. Keep your loved one laughing with help from Home Care Assistance. Our reliable live-in and hourly caregivers in Dayton are available 24/7 to help local seniors boost emotional wellbeing in the comfort of home. Call 937-353-7997 today to learn more about our services and how they benefit the elderly.