If memory is a concern when your caregivers are caring for your clients, then there’s a fun way to help them out; and you get to enjoy a smile out of it too. It turns out that laughing can positively impact memory, so it’s important to put a smile on your clients’ faces in order to provide the best of care.
Here at Senior Helpers, our mission is to share our core values of integrity, improved quality of life, positive attitude, and to give our clients the highest quality care. So if you’re open to a few laughs when working with your clients, keep reading to find out how Senior Helpers can help bring smiles and improve memory and quality of life.
We don’t need science to know that we feel good after laughing, but science helps us I understand why that’s the case.
Loma Linda University studied the link between the two in 2014 by separating older adults into two separate groups: one that watched a funny video and one that sat without anything to watch. After 20 minutes were up, both groups were tested for short-term memory and cortisol – a stress hormone – and the results favored laughter.
“Learning ability and delayed recall become more challenging as we age,” author Dr. Gurinder S. Bains said, via ABCNews.com. “Laughing with friends or even watching 20 minutes of humor on TV, as I do daily, helps me cope with my daily stressors.”
So, in addition to improving your quality of life, laughter also can help your memory by lessening your stress levels.
While laughter is important for memory, it also has other health benefits. As a result, finding ways to make your clients smile and experience humor is beneficial in overall care. As GoldenCareers.com points out, laughter also can help tension, cooperation, trust, positivity, removing barriers, motivation, the immune system, blood pressure, and alertness/creativity.
The Loma Linda University study co-author Dr. Lee Berk added that laughter/humor “increases endorphins, sending dopamine to the brain to provide a sense of pleasure and reward. That, in turn, makes the immune system work better and changes brain wave activity towards what’s called a ‘gamma frequency,’ amping up memory and recall.”
However, inducing laughter is easier said than done. Not everyone is a comedian, and everyone has different senses of humor. But if you’re looking for ways to add humor to your care, try some of these examples from GoldenCareers.com.
GoldenCareers.com has multiple suggestions, including using a laughing basket, telling jokes, playing group games, staff dancing, themed days, happy music, being silly, horoscopes, fortune tellers, and encouraging children in the family to join in. Who doesn’t love all those ideas?
For more information on franchising with Senior Helpers and adding laughter to daily care, be sure to contact us today to speak with a representative.