Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

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Comedian Michael Pritchard once said, “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” And he had it right! There are countless benefits to regular laughter including mental, social and even physical benefits. So how exactly can you add more laughter into your life? Home Care Assistance of Columbus offers a few of our favorite ways for seniors to get giggling:

  • Learn some good jokes to share.
    What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear!
  • Watch a funny television show or movie.
  • Read the comics or funny pages from the morning paper.
  • Enroll in a laughter yoga class (an exercise quickly gaining popularity among seniors).
  • Try new activities like lawn bowling or cooking with grandchildren.
  • Stay in touch with close friends.

When sharing a laugh with family and friends, seniors can increase social bonds, decrease stress and improve their overall mood. Studies have even reported health benefits including relaxed muscles and increased blood flow to help prevent heart disease. Additionally, when you laugh, your immune system is stimulated, blood sugar levels drop, and your body releases endorphins (a natural feel-good substance) which can temporarily alleviate physical pain.

Laughing with friends and family, and occasionally at ourselves can help us not take everything so seriously. Seniors who laugh are often more resilient and less prone to anxiety or fear as they age. So laugh, giggle, snort and chuckle away! And if you are looking for someone to share your laughter with, consider a Columbus hourly home care companion.

At Home Care Assistance of Columbus, we are always looking for ways to incorporate laughter into our care plans, as we strongly believe it is a key component to a balanced and healthy life! For more information about our Columbus at-home care services, contact a Care Manager at 614-481-8888 today.


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