Laughter Really is the Best Medicine and Seniors Do Best with Care Provided in Their Homes

Laughter is the Best Medicine and Seniors do Best with Care Provided in their Homes by Senior Helpers of Atascadero.  Call 805-461-5892.

We have all heard the saying that laughter is the best medicine.  When we are sick, we often look to our favorite TV shows, movies, books, or friends and family to lift our spirits.  Studies are showing that searching for humor for comfort actually has some health benefits.  Fifteen minutes of laughter can equal the benefits of two hours of sleep.  Laughter can also improve circulatory and cardiovascular health.  Laughing helps to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, increase memory and brighten moods. 

It is possible to incorporate laughter into your daily activities, just as you do with other heart healthy activities, such as walking, cycling and other cardiovascular activities.  Whether or not your senior loved one is diabetic, laughing has also been proven to help lower blood sugar levels. Regular laughter has been shown to significantly reduce levels of glucose in the body. 

Seniors do best with care provided in their homes because they feel more secure and comfortable in their familiar environment.  If you are the primary caregiver for an elderly loved one, you may be trying to find more ways to help them feel at ease.  Laughter can help them in so many ways including improving their breathing by emptying their lungs with a cleansing burst of laughing, lowering blood pressure, and losing weight by raising the heart rate and speeding up the metabolism.  Numerous studies have shown that laughter can have a powerful effect on wellbeing, happiness, and overall health and longevity. 

When caring for a senior loved one, remember to take the time out for a good belly laugh.  It is understandable that caring for an elderly loved one can feel a bit overwhelming and you may need a release.   A good laugh can help you to loosen up because it engages many muscles throughout the body and when released, so does the tension in your body.  It helps to relax your entire body.  This will help you to feel more energetic because a hearty laugh leaves you feeling high on life.   Laughter can help to make difficult situations easier to cope with.  Studies have shown that those who regularly get in a dose of humor and laughter on a daily basis have a better ability to cope, leading to a greater life satisfaction.

We are always told that laughter is the best medicine.  Research shows that adults only laugh about seventeen times a day.  This may seem like a lot, but when compared to children who laugh about up to four hundred times a day, it is very low.  Laughter not only helps to boost your immune system, it also can relieve pain.  The laughter can distract your elderly loved one from any discomforts they may be feeling, even if just temporarily.  Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, can help to protect you against a heart attack.  The act of laughing releases endorphins into your system that are more powerful than the same amount of morphine.

Laughter really is the best medicine for a senior loved one, and unlike most medications, it does not come with a long list of unhealthy side effects. 

Seniors do best with care provided in their homes with the compassionate senior care of Senior Helpers of Atascadero.  Senior Helpers of Atascadero proudly serves all of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas.  For more information, call 805-461-5892 today!

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