Is Laughter Really The Best Medicine?

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Forget about an apple a day, studies show that a little bit of laughter a day is what really keeps the doctor away! Laughter’s mood-boosting benefits are no secret; laughing makes us happier, healthier and a new study claims it may help slow cognitive decline.

This year, California’s Loma Linda University conducted a study with 20 healthy participants in their 60s and 70s. Half were asked to sit silently for 20 minutes while the other half got to watch funny videos. The group that watched funny videos had better memory recall and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Other studies in the past have concluded that daily humor contributes to a better quality of life, a noticeable decrease in pain, feeling of camaraderie and social engagement, and not to mention that extra calorieburn!

As your loved one ages, it’s not uncommon for them to let physical ailments and depression take over. It’s important for family members and live-in Greater Hartford caregivers to find ways to spark a smile, a little giggle or a belly-aching laugh on a daily basis.

Here are some suggestions on how to get your aging loved one laughing their way to health:

  • Watch a funny TV show or movie together
  • Read the funny pages to each other
  • Play fun games with others in a group
  • Join a laughter yoga or laugh meet-up group in Greater Hartford, CT
  • Share funny stories and jokes

Be warned, all this fun may bring the inner child out in all us. Remember, joining in on the chuckles is good for everyone’s body, heart, mind and soul so join in! When senior adults are able to share their enjoyable light-hearted times within a community it leads to feeling included, wanted and social, all of which contribute to overall well-being and health. Keep laughing and the world will laugh with you.

If your aging loved one could use friendly companionship from one of the trained Home Care Assistance of Greater Hartford caregivers, call 860-372-4500. We’re available 24/7 to answer your questions.