September 10, 2007 11:15 ET

Finding Humor in Long-Term Care

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - With the announcement of his "Assisted Laughing Tour," Drew Velting is kicking-off another series of stand-up comedy shows for senior audiences. The Long Island comedian plans to celebrate National Assisted Living Week (September 9-15) by performing at five different elder care facilities in the New York area.

"Drew brings a much needed breath of fresh air to the long-term care arena with his wry wit and spot-on sense of humor," said Jim Berklan, Editor of McKnight's Long-Term Care News. "Formally trained as a psychologist, he knows older adults (and their caregivers) perhaps better than any other comedian around."

Velting believes that laughter helps seniors remain healthy, active, and socially connected. He also recognizes that age-related differences can determine what people consider to be funny. "Research suggests humor comprehension declines with age," says the comic. "Of course, this turns out to be more of an issue when you stop aging."

Assisted Laughing Tour Dates:

September 9 - Kings Park Adult Home (Kings Park, NY)
September 10 - Somerset Gardens (Plainview, NY)
September 11 - The Regency (Glen Cove, NY)
September 12 - Sterling Glen (Bay Shore, NY)
September 17 - Maryville Adult Home (Huntington, NY)

For additional information please contact Drew Velting or visit his website at

About Drew Velting:

Notable for his quick wit and dry delivery, Drew Velting is a clinical psychologist, who performs stand-up comedy in cafes, comedy clubs, and nursing homes. He is a member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. Look for some of his comedy material in the soon-to-be-published revision of "Joke Express," edited by Judy Brown.

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