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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Laughter good medicine for dementia patients: Study

Growing up in a family with several siblings, I remember dinner time with everyone gathered around the table as an occasion for teasing, "hi-jinx" and laughing at and with each other (and for getting into trouble when my Dad caught us throwing peas at each other, but that's a story for another day). According to this new study, continuing the tradition of having a good laugh on a regular basis into old age would be one way of keeping dementia away.

This is something we can all do with the seniors in our lives. It doesn't have to be expensive. Sure, you can take your favourite uncle out to hear a stand-up comedian, but you can also join your Mom to watch something silly on TV, or just spend some time reminiscing over past funny events.

Click on the link below to read the story from the Edmonton Journal.

Laughter good medicine for dementia patients: Study

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