Date: October 7, 2022

Author: Griswold Home Care


It feels good to laugh, whether your elderly family member is laughing uncontrollably or quietly giggling to themself, it does them a world of good. Not only does laughing feel good, it can also help to alleviate stress, inspire a positive outlook, increase motivation, and improve memory to name a few. As the saying goes, sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.

If you think your senior loved one could use a few laughs, Griswold Home Care is in a perfect position to help. Our home care services go beyond the typical services of helping around the house, medication reminders and meal prep, we can also help by sitting, chatting and reminiscing with them to keep them engaged. Companion care is one of our most popular home care services because helping a loved one stay social as they age is so important.

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Here are some suggestions for activities to make laughter a common sound coming from your aging family member:

Tell Jokes:

Who doesn’t love a good joke? Our home care provider can get books full of jokes and read them aloud. Your loved one might even appreciate a tongue twister every now and then. Grandkids are especially good at telling jokes. Extend the fun and invite the kids to spend an afternoon sharing their funniest jokes.

Sing Happy Songs:

Singing is fun and an activity seniors enjoy taking part in. It’s always more lively with music to accompany the lyrics. YouTube is a great resource for a silly sing along.

Tell Funny Stories:

We’ve all either had something funny happen to us, or we’ve heard funny stories that have happened to others. A caregiver from Griswold Home Care can laugh along with your loved one and help them to see the funny side of certain stories time and time again.

Play with a Pet:

Pets may not realize it, but they can be an unintentional source of laughter for the elderly. An animal who mistakenly falls off a counter, or a cat who chases a laser dot offers endless amusement for our loved ones. Better yet, animals don’t get offended at being the center of attention.

Watch a Funny Show:

Heading out to the movies might not be an option for your senior loved one. If this is the case, there’s no shortage of hilarious movies or TV shows they can watch at home. Be warned, this activity might leave them in tears – tears of joy.

These are just a few examples of how you can help you add laughter to your aging loved one’s day. Keeping a senior loved one engaged as they get older is an important part of their overall health but can be tough because of other commitments. Reach out today to the Griswold Home Care Metrowest-Boston Office at (781) 559-0073 to find out how our experienced caregivers can help. The sooner they start laughing, the better the both of you will feel.

Date: October 7, 2022