SENIOR LAUGHTER SESSION

SENIOR LAUGHTER SESSION

Laughter Matters is a fantastic organization in San Diego bringing laughter to the lives of senior citizens.
Marianne leads a class. Laughter yoga has so many amazing physical. mental, and spiritual benefits.
I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it is. You just have to try it for yourself!

Locally in Atlanta Call Richard 404.889.1923

Director Richard Taylor BS, CLWI, CLYL
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

Richard Taylor CLYL

Richard Taylor CLYL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard specializes in Laughter Wellness & Laughter Yoga for Seniors.

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SENIORS ARTICLE

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ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA
Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

STRESS MANAGEMENT – LAUGH MORE

STRESS MANAGEMENT – LAUGH MORE

 

Many people have experienced that stress can quickly add up…

Often stress increases:

  • when we are short on sleep
  • been eating lousy
  • working too much
  • family meddling in our affairs
  •  web surfing
  • text messaging
  • multi-tasking
  • number of computer screen changes
  • too much caffeine
  • heavy traffic conditions
  • driving in rain or snow
  • large metro urban driving
  • jobs that are tedious
  • jobs requiring extreme attention concentration
  • certain jobs are more stressful than others
  • sports
  • have too many things to do in a day
  • travel
  • vacation
  • certain people create stress for you
  • situational stress
  • violent movies
  • horror movies
  • action or thriller movies
  • certain kinds of music
  • your own stressors that only affect you

If we incorporate laughter into our day and keep a sense of humor things usually go better. Studies have shown that laughter reduces stress.

Extended laughter of more than 10 minutes produces serotonin and dopamine that relaxes us.

So make it a point to laugh more!

Attend a Laughter Yoga Class. Learn to play again.

Enjoy life!

A day without laughter is a day wasted. – Charlie Chaplin

For more information on Laughter Yoga look around our Atlanta Laughter Yoga Website.

Laughter Yoga For Business  | Laughter Yoga For Seniors |

Laughter Yoga Helps Cancer Patients

nearly Free Laughter Yoga Classes in Atlanta

You could also schedule a private Laughter Yoga Coaching Session.

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

Laughter Yoga is a unique concept of unconditional Laughter, according to this, anyone can Laugh for No Reason. It does not rely on jokes, humor or comedy. It initiates laughter as a form of an exercise in a group, and as the Laughter Sessions progress; Laughter becomes real and contagious.

The name, Laughter Yoga, is derived from combining Yogic breathing (Pranayama) with Laughter Exercises. This effective blend results in multiple health benefits, primarily increasing the supply of oxygen and boosting the immune system. It energizes and recharges the metabolism, making one feel fresh and energetic. The benefits are huge!

Call Richard at 404-889-1923 for information to transform your life.

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Director Richard Taylor BS, CLWI, CLYL

Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923

Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

MONTHLY FREE LAUGHTER CLUBS

Laughter Benefits Short Video

How Does Laughter Improve Health?


Health reporter Kiley Yarbrough explains the positive, physiological affects that laughter has on the body.
For more health tips and information visit http://www.DrBobShow.com.

Laughter Yoga Benefits

 

CONTACT
Director Richard Taylor BS, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
 
ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA
 
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA
 
Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: http://www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com
 
We own: AtlantaLaughterYoga.com also.

Laughter Yoga Wellness For Seniors In Atlanta

Laughter Wellness For Seniors In Atlanta
Laughter Yoga For Seniors In Atlanta

 
Laughter exercises can help older people to keep their spirits high, and help them come out of depression.
 
 
There are no poses to learn, no cognitive abilities to “laugh for no reason” and in addition to physical exercise, these Senior Sessions have helped Seniors find much-needed social support. They are very good for their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
 

 
Carmela’s Laughter Yoga Session taped and hosted at Merrill Gardens in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, CA. Laughter Yoga devoted to practicing seated in chairs or using wheelchairs. The whole gang is enjoying clapping, breath work, playful laughter exercises and group interaction in a community setting.
Carmela Carlyle of Sayulita, Mexico
If Visiting  Puerto Vallarta, MX it is very much worth taking  the time to visit Carmela.
 
 
Richard Taylor of Atlanta Laughter Yoga loves offering Laughter Yoga Wellness Sessions For Seniors and Staff! You will appreciate the immediate benefits of laughter for stress-relief, physical movement with no poses to learn, emotional well-being and community connection. Laughter reduces cortisol and elicits a cascade of the feel-good hormones like serotonin and endorphins. The entire body is oxygenated and most participants report feeling lighter and more relaxed, and more energized after practicing Laughter Yoga Exercises in community setting. The sessions if conducted weekly produces health benefits like few other modalities. Services offered in Metro Atlanta and surrounding towns. Richard a seasoned traveler is willing to travel also.
 
Therapeutic Laughter Study backs claims of Health Benefits
 
Laughter Yoga Benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
CONTACT
Director Richard Taylor BS, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
 
ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA
 
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA
 
Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com
 
We own: AtlantaLaughterYoga.com also.

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Patients Benefit From Laugher Yoga

How Laughter Yoga Changed Me And Others With Dementia & Alzheimer’s

(Personal Story)

Jody Ross, Minnesota

After meeting several physicians for years trying to find an answer to my longstanding problem of a debilitating mood disorder, chronic pain & fatigue, I stumbled into a new way of being with Laughter Yoga.  I laughed, breathed & clapped, and felt a joy that I could savor – for hours! I called my dear friend shouting, “Guess what? I feel great! I have to do this. Everyone should have a chance to feel this way!”
This friend had faithfully listened to me for years as I described not only my physical problems, but also my emotional challenges as well. In the past year, I had lost four family members, one of whom died by homicide. I was filled with sorrow. I cried every day. He thought I sounded a bit crazy, but he was all for anything that would make me feel and sound as alive and happy, as I did after my Laughter session.

I attended the Iowa School of Laughter for my Laughter Yoga Leader certification. There I discovered that crying is not the only way to release sorrow. Deep belly laughs are a nice alternative. I stopped crying and noticed some important physical changes. My pain was reduced by 90%. I had more energy. What’s more, I began sleeping restfully for the first time in years.

My own journey with physical and emotional pain has been a blessing in my work doing Laughter Yoga with persons with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. I know what it is like to want to participate in life to the fullest, but having limitations that make it impossible. In my first session at Lakeview Ranch in Darwin, Minnesota, an innovative facility for people who have Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, I expected some would laugh and others would simply hang out and enjoy the positive feelings. But in spite of low expectations, all of 15 residents or so laughed!

One of the residents had decided she would not laugh, but very quickly, the contagious laughter won her over. She has become an enthusiastic member of the group. Residents who began the class unable to clap their hands suddenly started clapping enthusiastically. They had forgotten how to raise their hands over their head, and then, suddenly, they could do it. Many residents seemed irritated. At the end of the session, they couldn’t stop smiling. I’m told their happy mood continued throughout the day. One asked, “When can we do that again?”

Not only are the residents blessed by Laughter Yoga, but also their families. Often, families feel as though their relatives are gone. They’re in body only. The daughter of a resident, who was unable to speak with an expression seemingly frozen in a scowl, connected with her father, and they shared something positive for the first time in a long time.

Of course, Laughter Yoga is a marvelous boost for the staff at a dementia care facility. Their work is hard and thankless. Often, they must assist residents who do not want their help, and will fight not to be helped. Laughter Yoga allows them to connect in a positive way. As one staff member said, “I usually go home and crash on the couch when I get home from work, but today I think I will go home and clean my house.” Instead of feeling drained, she felt renewed.

I am continually inspired and amazed by the incredible results I see each time I work with people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. They don’t remember my name or what Laughter Yoga is, but as soon as we start, they pick up right where we left off. They remember the emotional connection. In fact, their enthusiasm grows with each session.

I am very thankful for my life – all of it. Everything I have experienced thus far, has made my work with these people possible. I feel so blessed to have a new way to live, and a renewed sense of purpose with Laughter Yoga.

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About Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia is a brain disorder of declining cognitive abilities. The likelihood of experiencing Dementia increases with advancing age. Alzheimer’s Disease is the major cause of dementia. The main symptoms are loss of memory, confusion, intellectual decline, depression and personality, disorientation and agitation. In advanced stages, the patient becomes incapable of performing even simple tasks of daily living. They become totally dependent upon others and need help round-the-clock.

Worldwide, with a new case every seven seconds, the number of Dementia patients is more than 24 millions worldwide. In India alone, 3.2 million people suffer from Dementia.

Laughter Yoga plays an important role in helping people suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is ideally suited for such people because they cannot comprehend humor, due to lack of cognitive abilities. Therefore, when laughter in Laughter Yoga is done in the form of an exercise, it brings about the same health benefits.

Laughter Yoga helps to increase the net supply of oxygen to the brain cells thereby improving the brain functions. Also, by releasing certain chemicals from the brain, it helps to elevate the mood states, and lift depression. We also incorporate physical exercises to improve bodily functions. Laughter Yoga has been very well received in senior care centers, and people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease have really benefited.

Dr. Madan Kataria

Source:

http://www.laughteryoga.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1926:how-laughter-yoga-changed-me-and-others-with-dementia-a-alzheimers-&catid=202:testimonials&Itemid=405

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In Atlanta, GA Laughter Yoga is facilitated by Richard Taylor, CLYL of Atlanta – Laughter – Yoga.

Please call Richard at 404-698-8355 for more information and how to get started.

CONTACT:

Director Richard Taylor BS, CLYL
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923

Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

SENIORS HAVE A CHOICE – More Joy Or Not

Seniors Have A Choice Of More Joy In Their Lives Or Not.

If you take a moment to reflect there are basically three kinds of people:

1.) People who are positive and are optimistic. They generally are “happy.”

2.) People who are negative and are pessimistic. They generally are “unhappy, sad, mad and often complain a lot.”

3.) People who are quiet. We often don’t know how they are feeling. Sometimes they do not know either.

What is joy, happiness, positive outlook anyway?

The dictionary says:

joy/joi/

Noun:
  1. A feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
  2. A thing that causes joy.
Synonyms:
delight – gladness – pleasure – mirth – rejoicing
Plutchik Emotion Wheel

Plutchik Emotion Wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at Plutchik’s 32 Emotions we see Joy next to other Positive emotions. Sadness is on the opposite side with other Negative emotions.

Many say gratitude is the root of joy.

Spiritual people say JOY is gift from God.

Most realize that happiness is fleeting and mostly a cause and effect from outside events, people, and things. It is conditional and soon evaporates.

Some people remain “stuck” in complain mode most of their adult lives. It would feel wierd to not complain about most things. A question one must ask…Is this helpful? Is doing so worth the cost?

Most would say no. Help me please to change. I would like to be able to express myself and feel a inner sense of peace and joy.

How?

Enter Laughter Yoga Therapy, or Laughter Wellness.


 
 
 

We find the act of laughing without reason causes the feeling of joy. It is based on the fact that laughing helps the pituitary gland produce the “feel good” neouro-peptide called serotonin that makes us feel better.

So participate in our Laughter Yoga Classes or Session weekly and by the third time your moods and emotions will shift.

Remember that Humor Therapy is dependent of you getting the joke, and always hearing fresh ones to be able to laugh at it.

Laughter Yoga Wellness Therapy is not dependent on jokes. We choose to laugh, to exercise a bit and breathe a bit deeper than usual. All good for feeling our best and bringing us out of Silence, bringing us out of our rather bad mood.

Give it a shot! Ask your family, caretaker, senior provider for Laughter Yoga ( Laughter Therapy) you will be glad you did.

We provide weekly classes that will raise your spirit to a joyful, healthy more productive self.
 
 
 

See Our Store For Products, DVDs, Audio CD, Books that may interest you. You can practice at home too.

CLICK: YogaStore

CONTACT:

Director Richard Taylor BS, CLYL
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA
 
In Atlanta, GA come to our FREE LAUGHTER YOGA CLASS

Buy a CD, Book, DVD, E-book at our store

Seniors – Ask your facility to invite Richard to come and lead Laughter Yoga Sessions For Seniors Fun and Laughing and Joy!

Business Wellness – Laughter Yoga is proven to reduce workplace stress, improve performance, reduce sick days, improve teamwork, increase attention span and more!

One on One Sessions In Person In Atlanta. Inquire. Called Coaching.
 
Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Laughter Yoga Helps Depressed Elderly Women and Increases Life Satisfaction

Laughter Yoga is at least as effective as group exercise program in improvement of depression and life satisfaction of elderly depressed women.

RESEARCH ARTICLE:

Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2010
International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry 2010

Objective:

The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of Kataria’s Laughter Yoga and group exercise therapy in decreasing depression and increasing life satisfaction in older adult women of a cultural community of Tehran, Iran.

Results:

Sixty subjects completed the study. The analysis revealed a significant difference in decrease in depression scores of both Laughter Yoga and exercise therapy group in comparison to the control group. The increase in life satisfaction of Laughter Yoga group showed significant difference in comparison with the control group.

Conclusion:

Laughter Yoga is at least as effective as group exercise program in improvement of depression and life satisfaction of elderly depressed women. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Research Study PDF   © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

WILEY Geriatric Medicine Publications


Comments:

Further studies should be conducted including men and larger populations.

 

Please contact Richard Taylor, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader if you would like to conduct such a study or another involving Laughter Yoga.

 

CONTACT:

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Humor Helps Dementia Patients – Laughter Wellness Therapy

Humor as effective as medication in treating agitation in dementia, research shows

Humour therapy is as effective as widely used antipsychotic drugs in managing agitation in patients with dementia – and avoids serious drug side effects, a new study shows.

The first major study of the impact of humour therapy on mood, agitation, behavioural disturbances and social engagement in dementia patients found both short term and persisting decrease in agitation, according to lead researcher, Dr Lee-Fay Low, a Research Fellow in the School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW. The findings will be presented this week at the National Dementia Research Forum in Sydney.

The SMILE study across 36 Australian residential aged care facilities involved the recruitment and training of a staff member to act as a “LaughterBoss” who worked with a humour practitioner with comedic and improvisation skills – not unlike “Clown Doctors” used in hospitals to aid recovery and lift mood in children.

Jean-Paul Bell, the key humour therapist in the SMILE study, has set up the Arts Health Institute (AHI) to train humour practitioners and aged care staff. The AHI’s core program, Play Up, provides a playful relationship with residents and staff in aged care, focusing particularly with people with dementia. The AHI is now focused on translating the knowledge of the SMILE study into residential aged care and continues to work the DCRC to roll out this program nationally.

Dementia rates are expected to double to in the next 20 years in Australia to about 450,000, mainly due to an ageing population. About 6.5 per cent of people over 65 and 22 per cent of people over 85 have dementia – an umbrella term used to describe up to 60 different conditions causing similar neurodegenerative changes in the brain.

Between 70 and 80 per cent of people suffering from dementia are troubled by agitation, a problem for both patients with the disease and their carers.

“Agitated behaviours include physical and verbal aggression, wandering, screaming and repetitive behaviours and questions. This is challenging for staff and often indicates unmet needs and distress in the residents of aged care facilities,” says Dr Low.

The SMILE study found a 20 per cent reduction in agitation using humour therapy, an improvement comparable to the common use of anti-psychotic drugs.

“This shows humour therapy should be considered before medication for agitation, particularly taking into account its side effects.”

A major 2009 study for the UK Department of Health found serious side effects of antipsychotics, including thousands of deaths and strokes, linked to the use of these drugs in dementia and recommended a reduction in medication rates and specialised training for carers in non-drug therapies.

In the SMILE study agitation decreased not only during the 12 week humour therapy program, but remained lower at 26 week follow up. Happiness and positive behaviours rose over the 12 weeks of the program, however, dropped as soon as humour practitioner visits ceased.

The SMILE Study results will be presented at the National Dementia Research Forum 2011 on the 22nd and 23rd September. A documentary film, The Smile Within, produced by Hot Tin Productions and based on the SMILE Study, will also be screened.

This is the trailer for a 40 minute documentary The Smile Within. The Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses™ and ElderClowns (SMILE) Study is the world’s first high quality large scale research project that examined the effects of humour therapy on older people with dementia.

The primary aim of the SMILE study was to examine the effects of humour therapy on mood, social engagement and agitation. This 40 minute film documents the study, and follows comedian Jean-Paul Bell as he delivers the humour intervention to residents in aged care facilities.

We also meet staff from the aged care sector, family members of the residents and the academics and researchers who initiated and ran the study, Professor Henry Brodaty, Dr Lee-Fay Low and Dr Belinda Goodenough.

This heart-warming film provides a fascinating insight into how life can be improved in aged care facilities and shows we don’t stop living, till we stop breathing*. (*Jean-Paul Bell) The Arts Health Institute in Australia is now implementing this important research in residential aged care facilities. This program is called “Play Up”.

Full details can be found at http://www.dementia.unsw.edu.au/.

Source: www.unsw.edu.au

Laughter Good Medicine for Dementia Patients

Published September 29, 2011

Reuters

Laughter may be good medicine for elderly dementia patients — and best of all, it doesn’t have side effects.

Australian humor therapist Jean-Paul Bell was originally a clown doctor working with sick children, but now he makes the elderly laugh through a program called Play-Up.

Bell was also the key humor therapist in a Sydney-based study into the impact of humor therapy on mood, agitation, behavioral disturbances and social engagement in dementia patients, a study that showed those who took part seemed happier.

“The whole idea behind the Play-Up program and what we’re doing at the Arts Health Institute is encouraging them to play more because we believe that they’ve got potential to keep playing right until you take your last breath,” Bell said.

He set up the Arts Health Institute to train aged-care staff in fostering playful relationships with their patients, particularly those with dementia.

The study, called the SMILE study, took place over three years, involving 36 nursing homes and 400 residents.

Dressed in a bright blue jacket with brass buttons and shoulder tabs, Bell uses a combination of games, jokes and songs — accompanying himself on a ukulele — to get the elderly to laugh.

In addition to seeming more content, the dementia patients involved in the study seemed less agitated by 20 percent, said lead researcher Lee-Fay Low at the University of New South Wale’s School of Psychiatry.

“Twenty percent sounds like a small effect but it’s about the same amount, the same effect as you would get if you gave them an antipsychotic medication — medication you would use to treat schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder,” Low said.

According to the University of New South Wales, dementia rates are expected to double in Australia to about 450,000, mainly due to an aging population.

About 6.5 percent of people over 65 and 22 percent of people over 85 have dementia, an umbrella term used to describe up to 60 different conditions causing similar neurodegenerative changes in the brain.

Best of all, the dementia patients weren’t the only ones who benefited from the study.

“The staff were invigorated, they felt that their jobs were enhanced,” said therapist Joanne Rodrigues.
“They were part of something that they could see the real benefits (of).”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/09/29/laughter-good-medicine-for-dementia-patients/#ixzz2D4noK4mC

Laughter Yoga As Laughter Therapy

 
It has been scientifically proven that laughter is both preventive and therapeutic. People practicing Laughter Yoga regularly report amazing improvement in their health as well as a more positive mental attitude and higher energy levels.  The first thing participants say is that they don’t fall sick very often; the frequency of normal cold and flu reduces or even disappears. There are daily reports of partial or total cure of most stress-related illnesses like hypertension, heart disease, depression, asthma, arthritis, allergies, stiff muscles and more. While this sounds fantastic, it all makes perfect sense, as laughter is nature’s best cure for stress.
Most illnesses today are stress related and chronic stress attacks the immune system and makes us vulnerable to infections, virus attack and cancer. In fact, this is a major motive for people taking to Laughter Yoga.  You can feel the difference from the very first session.  You get energized; your mood changes and you feel great. With regular practice you can experience a big change in mental and physical health. Laughter Yoga practitioners are happier and healthier; they can cope with stress better, and have a positive outlook on life.
 

How Laughter Yoga Works As Laughter Therapy

 

The healing effects of Laughter Yoga come from following reasons. The immune system is the master key of health and if it weakens one is exposed to constant infection and sickness. Scientific research by Dr. Lee Berk from Loma Linda University, California proved that laughter strengthens the immune system by increasing the number of natural killer cells and increase in the antibodies. Dr. Kataria says, “Ever since I started the laughter clubs, I don’t suffer from cough, cold or sore throat anymore.”The disease process has two components according to Dr. Kataria – one is the organic disease itself; and the second is the mental component in the form of anxiety, fear and depression. Why people get therapeutic benefits from Laughter Yoga so quickly is because it removes the mental factor immediately and one finds an improvement in symptoms. Rest of the healing effects comes from increasing oxygen supply to the body cells, strengthening the immune system, increasing blood circulation and creating positive mental state.


http://www.laughteryoga.org This is an excellent DVD by Allan O’ Meara a certified laughter yoga teacher from Canada BC who has been trained by Dr Kataria. He has shown different techniques of doing laughter yoga session with seniors. He has also given important guidelines about conducting laughter session with elderly people while they are sitting on chairs

Laughter Therapy For Mental Health

 
A major causal factor of many illnesses is a person’s inability to express their feelings and emotions. People are afraid of reactions and conflict. As a result they suppress and hold their emotions which ultimately affect the immune system adversely leading to a variety of sickness. Laughter Yoga is a cathartic exercise which helps people release their blocked emotions in a non-violent way and makes them emotionally balanced. Bangalore research indicates that Laughter Yoga also helps to increase positive emotions and decrease the negative ones thereby promoting a healthy life.

Laughter Increases Mobility

 
Arthritis is often aggravated by lack of exercise and movement, particularly later in life with retirement and reduced physical mobility. Laughter Yoga provides a complete massage of all mid-body organs and is the most effective method to promote circulation in the lymphatic system. The combination of natural pain killers with movements in laughter exercises makes Laughter Yoga a powerful tool for physiotherapy. Many practitioners have reported reversal of ‘frozen shoulder’ and other movement limitations due to stroke, arthritis, and injury. Benefits of laughter have thus been recognized and prescribed. Belly laughter as practiced in Laughter Yoga is a great way of activating deep breathing facilitating better control of chronic diseases. Laughter is a safe, easy and economical method to enhance good health and longevity.

Laughter Wellness Therapy ~ Laughter Yoga

 

Seniors Humour Program ~ Seniors Laughter Wellness ~ Seniors Laughter Playday

 

 

Available In Atlanta, GA

 

Call Richard Taylor of Atlanta – Laughter – Yoga at 404-889-1923
Studied with Sebastien Gendry and uses Allan O’Meara’s Methods With Seniors.

 

Richard Taylor CLYL

Richard Taylor CLYL

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Seniors – Institute For Aging Research

Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife

Today about one in eight Americans is older than 65 and this segment of the population is not only increasing, but also living longer than ever before.

Between 2010 and 2030 the number of adults older than 65 is expected to double, and life expectancy will be almost thirty years greater than a century ago. Worldwide, by the year 2050, the number of people older than 60 will outnumber children 14 years old and younger.

While advances in medicine and improvement in standards of living responsible for this change are all positive, what will these new found years mean for those who are living them, as well as the population as a whole? This question drives the research going on at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.

The mission of IFAR researchers is to maximize the functional potential and quality of life of adults as they age.

Institute for Aging Research

Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, the Institute for Aging Research is the largest gerontology and geriatrics research facility in the country based in a clinical setting.  Institute scientists work to discover the mechanisms of aging diseases and disability, which leads to the prevention, treatment and cure of disease, advances the standard of care for older people, and informs public decision-making. Their vision is to transform the human experience of aging by ensuring a life of health, dignity and productivity into advanced age.

From the Institute’s world-renowned musculoskeletal research, to the Aging Brain Center, to social research that measures the success of our systems of care at home and abroad, the Institute’s multidisciplinary aging research faculty, promotes scientific investigation that considers the complex relationship between biological, social and psychological factors that influence how well we can all live in old age now, and in the future.

Institute for Aging Research strength is the multidisciplinary nature of its faculty, which includes both social and medical research scientists.

Common age-related conditions:

  • falls
  • urinary incontinence
  • confusion
  • physical decline
  • depression are the result of multiple interacting factors such as multiple organ system abnormalities, drugs, social situations, and psychological problems.

Better understanding geriatric syndromes, and finding new treatments and preventions, requires the collaborative effort of a multidisciplinary team. In addition, the efforts of IFAR scientists are enhanced by Hebrew SeniorLife’s long-standing relationship with many academic institutions within Boston’s rich research community, including its affiliation with Harvard Medical School.

As a result of all of these qualities, the Institute for Aging Research has been able to attract outstanding National Institutes of Health-funded scientists. The results of their studies are regularly accepted for publication by leading peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Active areas of research include:

  • clinical geriatric syndromes such as falls
  • syncope (fainting)
  • delirium (acute confusion)
  • congestive heart failure
  • osteoporosis
  • osteoarthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • resident assessment and care models in nursing homes
  • improving the quality of end-of-life care
  • the cost and quality of housing and community-based systems
  • organizational care models for seniors
  • the development of instruments to measure quality of life and functional outcomes
  • tools to better assess seniors at risk of cognitive and functional decline.

At its best, humor is a tool for maintaining perspective on life’s difficulties. The ability to laugh and enjoy the ironies and twists of the world around us is one of the great human coping skills.

Humor may be the best medicine against life’s trials and tribulations . . . but it may also have some health benefits, as well.

Experts at Hebrew SeniorLife say that humor-often in the form of a good, hearty laugh-can help the mind and body in several ways by:

  • Relieving physical tension and stress;
  • Boosting the immune system, including reducing stress hormones and increasing the activity of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies;
  • Releasing endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals; and
  • Improving blood flow and the function of blood vessels, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

In fact, a recent Vanderbilt University study showed that 15 minutes of laughing can burn up to 50 calories!

You don’t have to be able to tell a joke or funny story well to benefit from a healthy sense of humor. HSL experts suggest the following ways to maintain your sense of humor:

  • Avoid jokes that depend on stereotypes and denigration of others;
  • Learn to laugh at your own foibles before you point out someone else’s;
  • Watch a funny move or television show regularly;
  • Tell a good joke if you want to; if no one laughs, that’s their problem.

While scientists continue to study the health benefits of humor, studies have shown that we are 30 times more likely to laugh when we’re with other people. People who laugh a lot, researchers say, may just have a strong connection to the people around them, which, in itself, may have health benefits, including an improved quality of life. So, go ahead and have a good laugh.

Source: http://www.hebrewseniorlife.org/hsl-resources-humor

Laughter Yoga / Laughter Therapy is a system of moderate exercise with no yoga poses to learn, using pranayama yogic breathing with laughter for no reason that directly positively affects many of these areas of concern. Click For List Of Benefits

Richard Taylor, a Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader leads groups of Seniors in 30-45 minute Laughter Sessions that promote:

  • Community
  • Childlike Playfulness
  • Increased Sense of Humor
  • Positive Shift In Attitude
  • Relief of Depression through endorphin release
  • less colds with improved immune system
  • relieves stress
  • improves motor skills
  • Exercise – Even to those who cannot stand
  • oxygenates the body for less disease
  • lowers blood pressure
  • improves heart function
  • Creativity
  • Memory – Association
  • Cognitive Abilities
  • Left Brain-Right Brain Functioning
  • Overcomes Fear
  • Creates Meaning
  • Insomnia
  • The list is very long!

Richard Taylor offers Laughter Yoga Wellness Therapy for Seniors

Call or e-mail to inquire about our Senior Laughter Therapy Programs.

For mobile Seniors (anyone from 8-150 years old) attend a Free Laughter Yoga Wellness Class

One such study:

Effects of laughter therapy on depression, cognition and sleep among the community-dwelling elderly.

Source

Department of Family Medicine, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

AIM:

To investigate the effects of laughter therapy on depression, cognitive function, quality of life, and sleep of the elderly in a community.

METHODS:

Between July and September 2007, the total study sample consisted of 109 subjects aged over 65 divided into two groups; 48 subjects in the laughter therapy group and 61 subjects in the control group. The subjects in the laughter therapy group underwent laughter therapy four times over 1 month. We compared Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Short-Form Health Survey-36 (SF-36), Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) between the two groups before and after laughter therapy.

RESULTS:

There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics between the two groups. Before laughter therapy, the GDS scores were 7.98 ± 3.58 and 8.08 ± 3.96; the MMSE scores were 23.81 ± 3.90 and 22.74 ± 4.00; total scores of SF-36 were 54.77 ± 17.63 and 52.54 ± 21.31; the ISI scores were 8.00 ± 6.29 and 8.36 ± 6.38; the PSQI scores were 6.98 ± 3.41 and 7.38 ± 3.70 in laughter therapy group and control groups, respectively. After laughter therapy, the GDS scores were 6.94 ± 3.19 (P=0.027) and 8.43 ± 3.44 (P=0.422); the MMSE scores were 24.63 ± 3.53 (P=0.168) and 23.70 ± 3.85 (P=0.068); total scores of SF-36 were 52.24 ± 17.63 (P=0.347) and 50.32 ± 19.66 (P=0.392); the ISI scores were 7.58 ± 5.38 (P=0.327) and 9.31 ± 6.35 (P=0.019); the PSQI scores were 6.04 ± 2.35 (P=0.019) and 7.30 ± 3.74 (P=0.847) in both groups, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

Laughter Therapy is considered to be useful, cost-effective and easily-accessible intervention that has positive effects on depression, insomnia, and sleep quality in the elderly.

© 2011 Japan Geriatrics Society.

PMID:
21241447
[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21241447

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Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

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Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
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Laughter Yoga is a complementary health practice that supplements normal western medicine, not replaces it.
Check with your Health Care Professional if you have any concerns. Do not stop any treatments without consulting your Health Care Professional.

 

Oxford University Study Suggest Laughter Manages Pain

Laughter’s the best medicine suggests study

Science

14 Sep 11
Laughter
Oxford University

Having a good laugh with friends really does help us to deal with pain, suggests a new study. The international research team, led by Oxford University, found that when we laugh properly, as opposed to producing a polite titter, the physical exertion leaves us exhausted and thereby triggers the release of protective endorphins. These endorphins, one of the complex neuropeptide chemicals produced in the brain, manage pain and promote feelings of well being. According to the team’s research paper, published online in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, watching just 15 minutes of comedy with others increased the pain threshold by an average of about ten per cent.

The fact that only this type of laughter releases endorphins has probably evolved as a way of promoting socialising amongst humans, says the paper. It points out that many studies have already shown that laughter is 30 times more likely to occur if you are with others than when alone. The endorphin rush appears to be limited to a good belly laugh, shared with others.

The research paper makes an important distinction between relaxed, unforced laughter that creases the eyes, and polite laughter which does not reach the eyes. It concludes that when we laugh properly we produce a series of exhalations without drawing breath, an involuntary physical mechanism that is limited to humans and appears to trigger the release of endorphins. Laughter is important to other great apes too but they breathe in as well as out when they laugh, unlike humans.

The paper is based on more than ten years of research in which different experiments were staged to discover what determined our level of pain tolerance. Subjects were asked to watch TV clips or live staged shows, and their pain thresholds were measured before and after doing this using a number of different pain manipulations (ice-cold sleeves, pressure from a blood pressure cuff, and a painful, strenuous quad work-out).

The participants watched 15 minute clips from comedies like Mr Bean and Friends, and these were contrasted with clips on how to play golf or factual programmes, both designed to elicit a neutral response. In other experiments, they watched nature programmes designed to produce a positive, ‘feel-good’ quality; however, like the golf instruction clips, these did nothing to increase the pain threshold, suggesting that it is the endorphin-activating effects of laughter itself that is important, not just the feel-good factor.

Another experiment compared the pain thresholds of participants who had watched stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with those who sat through staged dramas. This experiment confirmed that the pain tolerance effect of shared laughter is not just something confined to the laboratory, but occurs in real life too.

Lead author Professor Robin Dunbar, Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford, said: ‘Very little research has been done into why we laugh and what role it plays in society. Using microphones, we were able to record each of the participants and found that in a comedy show, they laughed for about a third of the time, and their pain tolerance rose as a consequence. We think that it is the bonding effects of the endorphin rush that explain why laughter plays such an important role in our social lives.’

In both primates and humans, laughter has been found to play an important role, yet has received very little attention in academic literature. This latest paper supports other work by Professor Dunbar that suggests the importance of group activity in producing endorphins. A previous study by Professor Dunbar and Dr Emma Cohen found that members of a rowing team increased their pain tolerance by training as a group rather than as individuals. Other communal activities like music making, dancing and religious rituals have also been shown to create euphoric states which, according to some studies, can also be associated with the release of endorphins.

Source:  http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2011/111409_1.html

Laughter Yoga is a system of moderate exercise combined with yogic breathing and laughter (fake or real) that delivers such results. Sustained laughter is maintained with Laughter Exercises that promote proper body responses that helps release these endorphins. Also Laughter Meditation is a favorite to do so.

Most Laughter Sessions last 30 – 45 minutes with some longer. Group Laughing, Playing, Singing and Dancing, Miming form the exercises.

Manage your pain and feel inner well-being through: ( In Atlanta, GA )

CONTACT:

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

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