Posted on May 14, 2013
Laughter is known to improve your mood and health, but did you know that a good, hearty giggle can also boost your creativity and improve your memory?
According to Dr. William Fry of Stanford University, humor and creativity work in very similar ways. The two create a relationship between two disconnected items, making you engage the whole brain.
There have been several studies, including one at Johns Hopkins University that showed that laughter, incorporated with learning, led to increased test scores and higher knowledge retention.
The correlation between laughing and memory improvement can be extremely helpful for your aging loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. So give yourself permission to chuckle at the absurdities you and your loved one experience, and surround yourself with laughter. The more you laugh, the more likely your aging loved one will laugh.
Talk about old times and ask questions about your client’s youth. If they are having trouble recollecting stories, tell a few of your own to spark their memory.
You can also create funny moments in the present. We know some situations are more difficult than others when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and that is why it is so important to make the best of each situation. These are the moments your senior is going to remember.
Have you ever noticed that funny situations stick in your memory better than sad ones?
For more information on how to assist your aging loved one, call 361-894-8901. Senior Helpers is locally owned and operated assisting Seniors in Victoria and surrounding counties.