Join us for a symposium bringing together health care professionals, caregivers and anyone affected by chronic diseases like cancer in a morning of learning and conversation. Together, we’ll explore the beneficial impact laughter can have on physical, emotional and mental health and its integration in care.

8:00 AM In-Person Registration Opens

8:30 AM In-Person Coffee Time

8:50 AM Welcome and Introduction (Virtual Program Begins)

This year’s featured speakers are:  

9 AM Ruth Almén, LCSW, Clinical Social Work Manager at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health/Cleveland Clinic Nevada

Improvisation for Caregivers – Increasing Quality of Life in Difficult Times    “Improv for Caregivers” is a class developed by the Ruth Almen along with leadership from the Second City and Caring Across Generations. Using evidence based research, it has been proven to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and their loved ones by building caregiving skills through improv.  In addition to building community among participants, this class will also help family care partners and caregivers maintain their own emotional health even while their loved one’s neuropsychiatric symptoms becomes worse. Crafted with the family caregiver in mind, this class also helps professional caregivers improve the quality of care for their clients as well as coach their client’s families to expand their own skillset in their caregiving journey. Together we’ll explore the history of Improv, why and how it makes sense to use in this situation, and have a seriously fun time practicing communication, empowerment and community building skills through Improv exercises!

10:00 AM Break 10 mins

10:10 AM Nancy Norton Part One: “The Power of Humor” Nancy Norton, RN

Laugh and Learn- How humor reduces pain, anxiety, fear, and stress while boosting the immune system and overall health. Together we’ll explore the memory, mental acuity and problem solving benefits of humor as well as the role humor plays in relationships, leadership, Team Bonding, resilience and job retention. Nancy’s presentations are a blend of stand-up comedy, storytelling and experiential learning about the benefits of laughter.

11:00 AM Break 10 mins

11:10 AM Nancy Norton Part Two: “Practicing Playful Presence”

Improv Games to help you find your ahahaha Moments! Learn and Practice Skills to help you-stay connected to yourself and others in the playful present moment, be spontaneous and act on your feet, recognize signs of stress when humor is most needed as well as be an active listener and invite humor forward. We’ll also focus on lightening-up, trusting your humor instincts and having more fun and overall joy in life.

12:00 PM Conclusion & Questions


Registration is now closed.  If you have already registered, an email will be coming your way Thursday evening with all the event details.


Earn 3 Continuing Education Credits in nursing or social work!

($35 fee applies for CE credit)


Underwritten by:

      Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Council


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