Studies show that a positive attitude can greatly improve the quality of life. The benefits of laughter are numerous, from lowering blood pressure to reducing stress and anxiety.
Read on to learn the benefits of laughter in senior care:
Research on the effect of humor on the memory capabilities of the elderly has yielded positive findings. The research findings on a recent study in Loma Linda University in California indicate that it is possible to improve the memory of the elderly by maintaining a humorous mood.
Laughter is vital in reducing the level of cortisol hormones in the brain and thus relieves stress. This effectively raises the quality of life.
Reduces risk for heart attacks and strokes
Laughter also increases the heart rate and enhances blood circulation which is beneficial for better oxygen intake. These health effects have been linked with a reduction in the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
Lengthens life expectancy
Laughter has also been found to lengthen the lives of the elderly. Studies show that developing a sense of humor over several years can have a positive effect on the general well-being of elderly individuals and thus lower the mortality rate.
Improves emotional state
Laughter raises dopamine and endorphins levels in the brain and thus creates a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction that further enhances general emotional well-being. There’s research on the effect of laughter on the emotional and physical wellbeing of seniors suffering from chronic conditions specifically. The findings indicate that those exposed to humor for up to 12 weeks were in a better emotional condition for up to 26 weeks later.
While it is important to create a humorous environment for the elderly to harness the health benefits; it is important to ensure that the jokes are positive and clean. Sarcastic jokes may be negative and at times misunderstood. This would be counterproductive. Comprehensive Home Care caregivers appreciate the importance of humor on the health status of seniors.