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Seniors have a good belly laugh to start week

HA, HA: Patrice McFarlen, Noreen Dunne, Miriam Ogden, Mary-Anne Smith, Pauleen Walker, Colleen McDonald, Sue-Ellen Pashley and Steve Ross believe laughter is the best medicine.
HA, HA: Patrice McFarlen, Noreen Dunne, Miriam Ogden, Mary-Anne Smith, Pauleen Walker, Colleen McDonald, Sue-Ellen Pashley and Steve Ross believe laughter is the best medicine. Mike Richards

LAUGHTER emanated throughout the halls of the Community Advisory building on Monday, welcoming 2014 Seniors Week with a roar.

A laughter workshop designed specifically for seniors by Sue-Ellen Pashley had 30 people in stitches.

Ms Pashley said laughter, even when fake, has legitimate health benefits.

"Laughter has so many benefits both physically and psychology," she said.

"Even when it is faked, laughter still delivers a confidence boost, lifts your mood, and who doesn't enjoy having a laugh?"

The workshop examined the anatomy of laughing, including exercises to align breathing, strengthen muscles used while laughing and a meditation to follow.

Participants Patrice McFarlen and Noreen Dunne said they both felt immediate results following the session.

"Laughing is a good way to get abs, we have sore bellies as a result of today," said Ms Dunne.

"I'm feeling really relaxed and energised. It was great to let our evil laughs out and get rid of negative energies in a positive way."

Ms McFarlen agreed taking time out to laugh is a worthy investment.

"There was a real feeling of happiness in the room today," she said. Attendee Miriam Ogden said she took a weight off her shoulders by participating.

"It's made me feel a lot less stressed," she said.

WHAT'S ON FOR SENIORS WEEK:

9am Bushwalk at lookout Number 2, Awoonga Dam

9.30am or 10.30am 50+ Fit and Fabulous at PCYC Gym, Gladstone

10am Banking Business at Agnes Water meeting room

10am Morning melodies with Simon Gallaher at the GECC. Costs associated

1pm Come n Try Lawn Bowls, Jacaranda Dr, Boyne Island

1pm Laughter is the Best Medicine workshop, RSL Hall Calliope

1pm Belly dancing at Miriam Vale community centre

2pm Banking Business at RSL Hall, Calliope

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