Seniors in assisted living communities are often told that some of the key ingredients to staying healthy are a positive attitude, laughter, and being surrounded by close friends.
For one retirement living community in New Jersey, they combined all three, according to The Record newspaper.
Cedar Crest Village, an active living retirement community in Riverdale, New Jersey, recently hosted a ‘Laughter Yoga’ session, where participants exercised in usual Yoga activities, and, through laughing, were told to try and communicate to those around them, according to the news source.
“You're all going to be rolling around laughing,” Diana Perez, a laughter leader who led the exercise program, told participants. “We need to get moving.”
During the session, residents of the retirement community started with small, polite chuckles as part of the exercises, but it quickly became louder laughter, and one resident told the media outlet she had skipped her regular cardio class to come to the class.
Angela McCarron, one attendee, said she found the benefits of coming were more than just getting some physical activity. “It really changes your perspective of the day,” she said. “It relaxes you and makes you act nicer to the person sitting next to you.”