Good Humor Is Good Medicine for Seniors
Laughing it up not only lifts the spirit, but it might also help you get a better night’s sleep. According to a study in Geriatrics & Gerontology International, laughter therapy is a cost-effective, easily accessible intervention that can help ease depression and sleep issues in older people.
Several studies have supported the old saying, showing the benefits of a good belly laugh for people with chronic illnesses, but not as much is known about laughter’s effects on physically healthy older people.
Make ‘em laugh
A Korean study compared the effects of a four-week laughter therapy program with a control group (no laughter therapy) on measures of depression, insomnia, sleep quality, thinking (cognitive) function, and health-related quality of life in 109 senior citizens (average age 75 years). Read More