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Laughter is often called the best medicine, and for good reason. While it’s not a cure for serious ailments, a growing body of research points to the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social benefits of a good laugh. It’s especially beneficial to seniors, who are more susceptible to health concerns, stress, social isolation, and anxiety.
At Tribute Senior Living, we recognize the value of laughter and work to incorporate it into our programs and activities. Here are some ways laughter works its magic to boost you and your loved one’s quality of life.
Physical Health Benefits
Laughter has a range of physical health benefits. It increases blood flow and oxygenation, reducing the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular issues. It also boosts the immune system, helping seniors fight infections and illnesses.
Essentially, our muscles get a great workout after a bout of laughter. A good belly laugh engages almost all of the body’s systems, helping to release any built-up tension for great relaxation.
Emotional Health Benefits
Laughter is a natural stress reliever as it lowers the levels of stress hormone cortisol, which leads to reduced anxiety and depression. People who laugh more enjoy a better sense of self-worth and a more positive outlook.
Further, embracing laughter improves mood and well-being by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Increased endorphin levels block pain signals from the nerves to the brain, helping seniors cope better with chronic pain associated with conditions such as arthritis or neuropathy.
Laughter helps strengthen relationships and foster a sense of community. It allows seniors to feel more connected to others, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. In many ways, a burst of shared laughter brings people together.
Memory Health Benefits
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia, laughter may be able to slow the progression and severity of symptoms. Stress hormones are known to negatively affect memory function. Regularly engaging in laughter with your loved ones reduces stress levels, helping improve memory and cognitive function.
Laughter as Therapy
Interestingly, laughing voluntarily until the laughter becomes genuine reaps the same great rewards. Also known as humor therapy, laughter therapy exercise is recommended by experts for its significant role in promoting healing and well-being in older adults. It’s particularly effective for seniors dealing with grief or loss, as it helps foster a sense of joy and lightness, even in the face of adversity.
Laugh Your Way to Better Health
We recognize how important laughter is to the holistic wellness of our seniors. Whether it’s through comedy nights, comical movie screenings, or other group activities like book clubs, game nights, and even exercise, we strive to create a fun and engaging environment that promotes laughter and connection.
Let us help you improve the quality of life of your aging loved ones. Contact us today to learn more.