Last week one of Mallard Landing‘s sister communities, Spring Mill Senior Living, hosted their annual “Funny Fashion Show”. At Spring Mill, this is an opportunity for employees and residents alike to let loose and show of their senses of humor. As you can see from the pictures (if you follow this link), it didn’t matter if you were modeling in the Funny Fashion Show or simply an audience member, everyone in the room was laughing and having a wonderful time.
Looking at these pictures lead me to think about the old saying “laughter is the best medicine.” It’s an old adage that we’ve all heard a thousand times before. Laughter certainly lifts our spirits in times of trouble and bonds us with those we are close to, but does it truly have medical benefits? Are there noticeable benefits for older adults? For the answer, I searched the web and found it on the Huffington Post. In their article, they speak of a study of 20 older adults in their 60s and 70s, out of Loma Linda University. The goal was to measure the participants’ stress level and short term memory while one group watched comedic videos and another group sat silently. The results are highlighted below:
After 20 minutes, the participants gave saliva samples and took a short memory test. While both groups (of older adults) performed better after the break than before, the “humor group” performed significantly better when it came to memory recall. Participants who viewed the funny videos had much higher improvement in recall abilities, 43.6 percent, compared with 20.3 percent in the non-humor group.
Moreover, the humor group showed considerably lower levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone,” after watching the videos. The non-humor group’s stress levels decreased just slightly.
The article goes on to say that according to Gurinder S. Bains, a Ph.D. candidate at Loma Linda University, who co-authored the study. “Older adults need to have a better quality of life. Incorporating time to laugh, through social interaction with friends, enjoying exercise in a group setting, or even watching 20 minutes of humor on TV daily, can enhance your learning ability and delayed recall.”
So what does this study tell us? It tells us that older adults should find the things that make them laugh and enjoy their time; they should find people they enjoy doing these things with; and they should do it as often as possible!
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