Humor is enjoyed by people of all ages, but it turns out to be especially beneficial for the elderly! 👍😊
✅ Research studies consistently show a link between laughter and longevity. Laughter just makes people feel better! Laughter can also have an anesthetic effect on the body, suppressing physical pain and discomfort for up to two hours after laughing. 😄😄😄
What happens when you laugh?
- It relaxes the whole body and relieves muscle tension;
- Stress hormone levels drop and endorphins – natural substances that make you feel happy – are released;
- It lowers blood pressure and improves blood circulation;
- There is a stimulation of the body’s immune system;
- Humor can help improve cognitive functioning by activating all parts of the brain at the same time.
✅ The ability to laugh is closely related to a positive outlook on life, which is an important protective factor against many mental problems, such as depression and anxiety. Laughter also helps people maintain a positive attitude and a stable mood during the day. 😄 Optimism is associated with improved resilience and coping ability in stressful situations.
Family members who care for the elderly can include topics in the conversation that will make them laugh, or watch a comedy together. Those who live far away can make their elders laugh in a phone or video call. It’s always more fun to laugh in company.
✅ To enjoy the benefits of humor, try to laugh every day! Look for ways to incorporate laughter into your daily routine. When laughter becomes a daily habit, you will begin to enjoy the many health benefits that humor brings!
NSHC promotes inter-generational solidarity and care for the elderly, as part of the “Spajalica” project, which organizes weekly club activities with lots of laughter and fun. Those interested in joining the “Spajalica” can apply by calling tel. 423-021 or 423-024 (from 8 am to 4 pm every working day).
The “Spajalica” project is supported by Diakonie Österreich and Brot für die Welt, and funded by Otto per Mille Valdese.
Source for the article: https://frederickcountymd.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/8252