There is nothing funny about mental or cognitive impairment diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or variations of the above such as Lewy Body Dementia. There is no known cure to-date, treatments are expensive, and the associated symptoms change your daily life forever. Laughter is not a cure but it has much to offer on multiple levels to help patients (and their caregivers, too).
Powerful form of prevention for the body, heart and mind.
Laughter has a wide range of known benefits which aid in dementia prevention:
- Eases anxiety and fear, activates happy feelings
- Heart disease prevention
- Increases and improves social interactions, bonding
- Lowers stress hormones
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Opens inner cellular pharmacy, strengthens all immune functions
- Opens lungs, ventilates spirit
Helps improve the quality of life of patients.
People who live with Alzheimer’s and related types of dementia can suffer from confusion, frustration and depression. These strong emotions can bring anything from negative feelings to anxiety, which can often lead to behavioral problems and even aggression.
Laughter can help alleviate some of these symptoms, improving the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s, by:
- Allowing them to redirect negative emotion
- Improving social interactions
- Easing symptoms of depression
- Tempering signs of aggression
- Reducing stress
To participate in this program, please contact David Johnson, REC Center Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter at 800-272-3900
The Alzheimer’s Association REC Center is a social engagement program for individuals in the early stages of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.