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Laughter does the body (and brain) good

Laughter does the body (and brain) good

Memory loss is a common side effect of aging. As our bodies (and brains) grow older, it becomes more and more difficult to remember where we put our car keys or when we were supposed to water the plants.

In the following video, posted on the official AARP YouTube channel, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman puts a lighthearted spin on the forgetfulness that most of us will experience later in life.

In fact, the old saying “laughter is the best medicine,” actually holds true when it comes to improving our memories. “Unlike emotional responses, which are limited to specific areas of the brain, laughter engages multiple regions across the whole brain,” explains Helpguide.org. “Furthermore, listening to jokes and working out punch lines activates areas of the brain vital to learning and creativity.”

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ut a little context behind Handelsman’s cartoon, AARP says, “Admit it: You’ve searched high and low for the eyeglasses that are already on your head; you’ve groped for the forgotten name; and you’ve had the mystifying experience of standing in your closet wondering, ‘Why did I come in here?’”

But because we realize that memory loss isn’t always a laughing matter, it’s a good idea to talk to your Freedom Home Care caregiver for more tips to improve your memory. There are lots of methods to keeping our minds healthy, such as getting more exercise, eating right and tackling brain-building activities like crossword puzzles.

But in the meantime, check out this video. It’s sure to make you laugh, and as we now know, we could all use the mental workout.

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