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How Laughter Benefits Elderly Health

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It has often been said that laughter is the best medicine, and research has proven that to be true. Laughter is an all-encompassing reaction to a positive situation that includes mental, emotional, and physical benefits, including the following, presented by Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma.

1. Better Sleep

Studies have shown that 10 minutes of laughter before going to sleep can help people relax and sleep better throughout the night. Watching a comedy that guarantees a good laugh is the ticket anytime a person needs to loosen up.

2. Better Circulation

University of Maryland researchers compared people who watched comedies to those watching dramas and determined that blood vessels expand and contract easily when laughter is involved. The heart needs a good flow of blood to perform properly, so keep laughing.

3. Lower Blood Sugar Levels

People with diabetes can rejoice with laughter to lower their blood sugar levels. Studies show that people with type 2 diabetes were able to lower their blood sugar levels by simply laughing. Eating right and a healthy dose of laughter has proven to help seniors with diabetes.

4. Stronger Immune System

Laughter activates the diaphragm like a pump helping the lymphatic vessels to circulate fluid through the body while the lymph nodes clean and filter. Clean body fluids help the body fight diseases. A dose of laughter every day is a healthy solution.

5. Improved Mood

Laughter is the perfect tool to increase positive thinking. People who laugh on a regular basis exhibit high self-esteem and are more able to except changes. Laughing needs to be a part of a senior’s daily activities to combat depression and stay emotionally strong. Clinical studies have used laughter as part of rehabilitation programs with great success. A good sense of humor keeps the spirit strong and the body healthy.

As our loved ones age, we often consider their physical needs while overlooking the emotional ones. If your aging parent or relative lives alone and could benefit from emotional support and companionship in addition to help with everyday tasks like running errands and light cleaning, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide hourly, respite, and live-in senior home care Oklahoma families rely on for the support their loved ones need. Give a dedicated Care Manager a call at 405-285-4191 and request a free in-home consultation today.

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