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Creative Ways to Make Your Senior Loved One Laugh

By Jeff Hill, 9:00 am on April 7, 2016

Laughter, even in brief, spontaneous bursts, has been shown to boost a person’s mood, often having the same health benefits of physical exercise. Aging adults may find this especially beneficial because certain age-related conditions make it difficult to stay physically and emotionally healthy. Phoenix caregivers offer a few unique suggestions to keep your elderly loved one laughing.

Participate in Laughter Yoga

This relatively new subset of yoga focuses on purposeful, intentional laughter, even when there’s nothing immediately funny. Laughter yoga, also known as Hasyayoga, is done in a group setting and is based on the belief that prolonged voluntary laughter provides the same benefits as spontaneous laughter. However, laughter yoga goes beyond simply learning how to laugh at will. During this activity, your loved one can also learn deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, making it a wonderful and unique way to introduce more laughter into his or her life and keep stress levels low.

Make a Humorous Home Movie

Manufacturers are making technology easier to use for people of all ages, and a fun way to bring more laughter to your loved one’s life is to help him or her make a humorous home movie. This activity can also include the grandchildren, as many friends as possible, and even your loved one’s Phoenix part-time caregiver if he or she is game. The possibilities are endless, and the ideas can even be recreations of scenes from classic movies your loved one enjoys, such as old Laurel and Hardy films. This project also has the added benefit of becoming a treasured keepsake your loved one can watch over and over again whenever he or she needs a good laugh. 

Buy Your Loved One a Nintendo Wii

Continuing with the technology theme, video games can provide some of the greatest instances of laughter and memorable moments as your loved one plays against the younger generation. The Wii has Disney and Looney Tunes-themed games, as well as games only made for their comedic value. As an added benefit, the Wii requires low-impact movement for its controllers to function, giving it an exciting physical element lacking in other group activities like board games. 

Though laughter is often an effective strategy for promoting a senior’s emotional health, there are many other ways to approach this. Even if your loved one has a reserved sense of humor, it’s likely he or she still needs regular companionship to prevent loneliness and depression. An hourly or live-in caregiver in Phoenix can help. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are available 24/7 for social stimulation, and can also help with a wide variety of other tasks like exercise, transportation, and cooking. For more information on home care Phoenix families trust, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 602.388.1085 to schedule a complimentary consultation.