The Health Benefits of Laughter

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You’ve probably received a lot of tips on things you can do to ensure your senior loved one stays healthy both physically and emotionally, but you may not have heard this one before. Orlando part-time care providers will explain why you should help your loved one live a life full of laughter to enhance senior health and wellness.

Relieves Muscle Tension and Body Aches

New studies show that laughter can relax muscle tension and reduce aches and pains for as long as 45 minutes after an individual has a good laugh. Seniors who laugh regularly are more likely to feel like their younger selves again because laughter relieves muscle tension and body aches. Laughter can help a senior feel flexible and energetic enough to do things he or she hasn’t felt up to in years.

Boosts Immune System

One of the biggest concerns for seniors is a weak immune system. While not all seniors have a weak immune system, seniors are more likely to get sick and can take longer to heal compared to younger people. With this in mind, laughter can actually help boost the immune system. The body is less likely to become ill when stress hormones are low, and laughter can stave off these hormones. Laughter has been strongly linked to an increased production in infection-fighting antibodies, thus helping seniors gain more disease resistance.

Encourages Mental Health

Sometimes aging can be both emotionally and physically draining. Studies show that seniors who regularly take time out to enjoy life and have a nice time – those who laugh more, especially – are more likely to boost their happiness and mental wellbeing and have lower levels of depression.

For more information regarding senior health and wellness, reach out to Prestige Home Care. Our caregivers provide as-needed senior home care Orlando families can trust, including personal care assistance, transportation to and from appointments, or even emotional support. Call an experienced Care Manager today at 407-329-6613 to learn more about our care services and schedule a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

Author

  • Kimberly Miller

    Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida's hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly's dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career. Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly's primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being. The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly's resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.

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