Laughter as the best medicine!

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In the post  Laughter may be the best medicine for age-related memory loss,  laughter is discussed as the “best medicine” for slowing down the process of dementia :

We are all familiar with the saying, “laughter is the best medicine.” And this motto may ring true when it comes to tackling age-related memory loss; a new study from Loma Linda University in California finds that humor may reduce brain damage caused by the “stress hormone” cortisol, which in turn, improves memory…

…He says that these neurochemical changes in the brain also increase “gamma wave band frequency,” which can improve memory.

“So, indeed,” he adds, “laughter is turning out to be not only a good medicine, but also a memory enhancer adding to our quality of life.”

Dr. Bains says the team’s findings may offer benefits that can be applied to wellness programs for elderly individuals, adding…

…Although older adults have age-related memory deficits, complimentary, enjoyable and beneficial humor therapies need to be implemented for these individuals.”

Joke Of The Day For Dementia Patient Caregivers

Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

One day they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, “Now don’t get mad at me….I know we’ve been friends for a long time…..but I just can’t think of your name! I’ve thought and thought, but I can’t remember it. Please tell me what your name is.”

Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, “How soon do you need to know?”

Joke quoted from www.caring.com
Photo courtesy of www.medicalnewstoday.com

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