Laughing your way to Health
- There is no way to avoid the realization that one’s body is not what it used to be. With age, the overall tone of the body begins to sag and innumerable inner parts call attention to themselves through their mal-function.
- Some problems may be fairly petty, like the almost inevitable appearance of wrinkles. Others are painful, debilitating, and cause a sense of shame (e.g. incontinence).
- An important aspect of preventing health problems in older adults and improving their health is to encourage individuals to exercise more and to develop better nutritional habits.
- The older adults are healthier and happier when they are active.
- Physical exercise is becoming a focus of leisure activity for more and older adults, as its benefits are linked to health, self-esteem, and zest for life.
- Recent studies suggest a relationship between physical fitness, and the improvement of certain visuo-spatial cognitive abilities that typically decline with age.
- Exercise leads to improvements in various central nervous system functions. The benefits of exercise are attributed to higher levels of oxygen, which improve the metabolism of glucose and neurotransmitters in the brain, as well as to increased levels of arousal, which increase response speed.
- For many old adults, the absence of meaningful interpersonal relationships is the greatest barrier to optimal functioning. The role of the informal social support system cannot be underestimated in meeting the needs of the elderly.
- In summary, the quality of life of the elderly depends on three factors:
- The specific nature and timing of the health-related limitations that accompany aging.
- The availability of appropriate resources within the home, family, and community to help compensate for or minimize those limitations; and
- The selective emphasis that the person gives to some life experiences over others as being central to well-being.
YOGA, LAUGHTER CLUB AND ITS BENEFITS FOR ELDERS
- The prime objective of a laughter club is to function as a ‘stress buster’ especially for all psychosomatic disorders.
- Since, most of the members are elderly citizens, they are at an age when their stress level and their sense of insecurity soars, while their physical flexibility and potential deteriorates.
- In order to meet the requirements of the elderly, simple yoga should be practiced, which focus on the heart, lungs and the digestive system.
- And above all, practice many happy bouts of laughter!
- Laughter Club members express appreciation for their club through their feelings of ‘being in good health’ and also reflected in their faces and in their speech.
- All members agree that the interpersonal bonding through the laughter club is the best thing to have happened to them post retirement.
So why wait? Start a laughter Club today!