Laughter for Seniors: A Boon for the Elderly

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content imageAs the joint family structure crumbles and youngsters steer away from parents, the seniors, particularly in the West, find themselves alone either in aged care facilities or old-age homes. They are prone to frequent bouts of depression that often leads to a debilitating condition. Laughter Yoga are indeed the best medicine to be prescribed for seniors to keep them in good cheer. A good Hearty laughter gets rid of stress, worry and depression. It touches the emotional core and alleviates feelings of loneliness and isolation. Besides being the panacea for good health, laughter generates positive thoughts and reduces the negative strains.

content imageMany seniors are in need of more human contact. While most of them are surrounded by peers whom they like and share similar interests with, many still dearly miss their children and family. Deeper down, what they really miss is the need for someone close to them with whom they can confide their emotions. Laughter can give seniors that much needed feeling of closeness and fraternity.

Laughter Yoga and exercises are simple, structured and lots of fun! They are easy & safe and provide a genuine form of physical exercise. They are appropriate for all, regardless of their cognitive, sensory or motor abilities / limitations. People’s participation is invited and not imposed.

This form of therapy appears to depression and replace it with a positive outlook. Health improves, many chronic ailments disappear, the exercise improves mobility and staff-patient communication and relations also improve.

“The magnitude of change we saw in the endothelium is similar to the benefit we might see with aerobic activity, but without the aches, pains and muscle tension associated with exercise. We don’t recommend that you laugh and not exercise, but we do recommend that you try to laugh on a regular basis. Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week, and 15 minutes of laughter on a daily basis is probably good for the vascular system.”

Laughter Yoga is an instant vacation!

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Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea. It is simple and also profound. Yoga is not simply getting into poses on a mat. Yoga is about introducing one of the most essential ingredients to longevity and great health; JOY. Laughter Yoga helps us to connect with our inner joy; our happy place. Together we partake in different laughter exercise and connect to each other as we enjoy the playfulness we so often enjoyed when we were little. The Laughter is combined with breathing exercises as well as mindful movement to integrate the full benefits of the laughing session! Laughter Yoga reduces stress boosting our immunity, oxygenate our bodies (which means more energy!), burns calories hahaha. It leaves us smiling and rejuvenated. We are able to witness the power that spending time connecting with others via laughter, essentially supports the total well being of our bodies and hearts by embracing joy. – Auria

Michael Miller, M.D., director of preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center
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