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Page 12 Senior Times - October 2020
   BENEFITS OF SILLINESS FOR SENIORS
By: John Grimaldi
  Want to remain young at heart as you get on in years? According to the experts, there’s a “silly” way that could help you grow old gracefully, with a smile on your face.
For example, the European Journal of Humor reports that one such study found that playful behavior can, “trigger positive emotions” and, in turn, those positive emotions, “can be helpful in facilitating physical resources such as coordina- tion, strength, or cardiovascular health.”
Haley Burress is a recreation therapist and
she offers these helpful hints on how seniors can brighten their days and their lives:
• Start morning exercise with a joke.
• Gain attention by blowing into a kazoo or honk-
Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), says that, “A good laugh, a playful prank, and other such ‘silly’ behavior once in a while doesn’t just lift your spirits and relieve stress; it can also have a posi- tive physical impact on your health.”
Perhaps the most definitive study of laughter to date is the research conducted by Dr. Robert R. Provine, a behavioral neurobiologist at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. His book, Laughter: A Scientific Investigation, is based on a massive, often amusing ten year examination of what makes people laugh. Provine believes, as he put it, “When we laugh, we’re in a happy place [and] that’s always a good thing.”
ing a bicycle horn before an activity.
• Wear a t-shirt or sweater with a witty expression.
• Listen to comedy radio shows.
• Have a comedy movie night monthly.
Weber admits, “I didn’t know, for example, that there are serious, scientific journals devoted to the subject of humor out there that publish the results of well-documented methodical studies of the benefits of silliness. No kidding!”
So, try and have yourself a giggle at least once a day, suggests AMAC’s Weber. “Remember that master jokester, Bob Hope, lived to 100 years
of age, as did mister one-liner, himself, George Burns. As Hope put it, ‘I'll tell 'ya how to stay young. Hang around with older people'."
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                        ARBOR MANOR REHAB AND NURSING CENTER
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