Laughter Yoga & Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
In the fall of 2009, Jody was invited to lead the first documented Laughter Yoga session with persons who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in a memory care facility. The effects were breathtaking: every single person laughed! Even more amazing, even the most aggressive patients smiled and were easier to assist for the entire day. The class was documented by an advocate for people who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, Laura Bramly, on her blog post: http://eldercaretalk.blogspot.com/2010/01/laughter-yoga-proves-laughter-is-best.html.
Since that day, she has developed groundbreaking Laughter Yoga techniques designed to ensure that those who have Alzheimer’s disease can enjoy the benefits of Laughter Yoga in a safe and rewarding way for all participants. Further, Jody encourages family, caregivers and staff to join in the fun, creating joyful, satisfying moments of connection for those who are on the often stressful front lines of caregiving.
Photographs of her work can be seen at the National Institutes of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and are featured on page 51 of the 2010 World Alzheimer’s Report.
To learn more or schedule a class in a memory care facility or a seminar for caregiver’s contact contact Jody Ross at 612-708 0927 or by email.
Love, Loss & Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently
This amazing book by Cathy Greenblatt features photos of people who have Alzheimer’s disease from all over the world, which will be available early next year. Elsie and I laughed together in 2009. Believe it or not, Elsie refused to laugh at first, but the laughter became contagious. What a lovely lady!