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New Study Claiming Laughter Can Help Fight Memory Loss

Posted by Brian Shevel on 8 May 2014

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), May 8, 2014 - Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region, the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on a recent study that makes a correlation between laughter and memory loss.

The study was conducted by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, with the findings presented back in April. Separate groups were tested on their memory and recall ability, with one group being shown a funny 20-minute video prior to the assessment. The results saw that those who watched the funny video performed better on all aspects of the memory assessment. The study ultimately linked the increase of laughter to decreasing a hormone that induces memory loss. (Source: "Fight memory loss with a smile," ScienceDaily.com, April 27, 2014; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140427185149.htm.)

"With all of the medications designed to help combat ailing senior health, it's refreshing to know that something as simple as laughter could play a practical role," says Lester Fix, executive vice president of Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region. "Knowing that seniors could possibly enrich their lives this way is something that could be immediately applied to elder care methods."

The study was conducted upon researchers discovering that the hormone cortisol negatively impacts memory in seniors. Cortisol is a hormone typically related to stress, and so the hypothesis was made that inducing laughter could possibly reduce cortisol levels and improve memory.

"Studies like these are crucial for Home Care Assistance," Fix continues. "Knowing the impact that laughter can have on the lives of seniors is something that should be considered when carrying out elder care strategies."

"With the results of the study showing significant cortisol decrease in those seniors who watched the funny video, being able to educate seniors about the benefit of keeping joy in their life as they age becomes an important application to wellness programs," he concludes. "For in-home care especially, it is important to continue finding ways to enhance the lives of seniors."

Serving the Greater Toronto Area, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region provides older adults with high-quality and consistent care, helping them live happier, healthier lives in the comfort of their home. In an effort to fully address its mobile and homebound clients' lifestyle needs, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region provides both hourly home care and live-in home care. On top of that, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region is so certain its customers will be 100% satisfied with its services that it doesn't require a long-term contract. To learn more about Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region, visit the company's web site or call  at 905-597-5825.
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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