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Helping Your Loved Ones Remember

Memory loss can be very difficult and depressing not only for our clients, but for their friends and family members as well. It is difficult to watch family moments, vacations, weddings, and other special memories slip from our parents’ or grandparents’ minds. But the memories don’t have to be gone forever. There are ways to preserve these special moments and keep them alive for generations to come.

Laughter Yoga

You’ve heard of laughter, and you have probably heard of yoga. But have you ever considered putting the two together? Laughter yoga is a revolutionary exercise routine suitable for all ages. Laughter yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing. Laughter yoga classes typically begin with fake laughter, which quickly turns into contagious laughter (we talked about contagious laughter in our last blog). Learn more about this fun and funny new exercise regimen.

Different Kinds of Laughs

This spring time snowy Minnesota weather is no laughing matter-but we still need to keep laughing! We all laugh differently. Some have a high-pitched giggle, while others laugh with deep chuckles. Some snort, some cry, and some are silent when they are laughing. As much as the average person laughs, it is interesting that not many take the time to understand the different types of laughter. Here are some different kinds of laughter and what they mean.

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

We have all heard the expression, “laughter is the best medicine,” but have you ever stopped to wonder if it is true? You might be surprised to find out that it is! Laughter is one of the best (and natural) ways to improve health and relieve stress. Humor also works very quickly, making you happier almost instantly. Find out some other interesting ways laughing can improve your health!

Learn to Laugh Out Loud

Times can be hard, but you shouldn’t let that get you down. While laughing can sometimes make you feel a little bit silly, it is actually a great tool to improve your health. Next time something doesn’t go your way, take a step back and giggle! Help your loved ones laugh rather than cry as well. Here are some ways to turn stressful events into laughable situations.

Strong Seniors, Healthy Seniors

You may not see your aging loved one at the gym every day, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be conscience about their physical health. No matter our age, it’s important to keep exercise in mind. Working on your fitness not only improves your physical health, but also your mental health. Working out (even on a minimum level) can greatly decrease stress and anxiety levels.

Go Green – And Not Only for St. Patrick’s Day

What’s a better way to welcome warmer weather than by getting out and gardening? Gardening is a great way to spend quality time with the great outdoors as well as beautifying your aging loved one’s home.

Spring Preparation Tips

Spring is only a few days away! Have you started preparing? Of course, there’s always some spring cleaning to worry about, but that’s not the only way you and your aging loved one can prepare for warmer weather and more time outdoors! Ask your client what their favorite springtime activities were when they were younger. Recreating these pastimes is a great way to generate positive memories and happy feelings, as well as get your senior outdoors and active!

Seniors Springing Into Action

We all know that lazy feeling you get when it’s cold outside. It’s so much easier just to hide under a blanket and curl up with the remote control than to go out and face the frigid weather. Luckily, spring is on its way and it’s time to get your senior loved ones springing into action! Maintaining a physical lifestyle is one of the most important steps to maintaining a healthy life.

Get Creative with Cardio

“I just don’t have time to go to the gym today.” I bet this sounds familiar to some. Getting up and going to the gym can be a pain, but the good news is that you don’t have to go to the gym to squeeze in a little exercise! Exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and hitting the treadmill. Taking your dog for a walk, playing basketball with your children, and even dancing in your living room are great (and fun) ways to build a healthy heart without feeling the pain of tedious workouts. Just a few minutes of regular, daily exercise can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. Combine physical activity with other lifestyle measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, and the payoff is even greater.

 

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