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Laughter Yoga in rest homes can boost mood and lower blood pressure

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Laughter Yoga has only been around since 1995, but many tout its mood-boosting effects. The practice involves unconditional laughter with Yoga breathing and recent trials in Australian rest homes found that it can boost mood and lower blood pressure of participants. The authors argue that including laughter yoga into lifestyle programs in rest homes will add a sense of fun and happiness for both staff and residents.

Journal/conference: Australasian Journal on Ageing

DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12447

Organisation/s: La Trobe University

Funder: No research funding was received for this project.

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From: Wiley-Blackwell

Laughter yoga activities for older people living in residential aged care homes: A feasibility study

Objective: To evaluate the effects of a laughter yoga activities (LY) program for older people living in residential aged care homes (RACHs).

Methods: A 6-week LY program was implemented at three RACHs with twenty-eight residents. A pre–post design was used to measure positive and negative affect, happiness, blood pressure and pulse.

Results: Post-session mean scores for positive mood, and happiness were significantly higher than pre-session scores in weeks 1, 3 and 6, and the post-session mean negative mood scores were significantly lower than pre-session scores in weeks 3 and 6. Post-session readings for mean systolic blood pressure were significantly lower than pre-session readings in weeks 1 and 6.

Conclusion: This study demonstrates the potential for using LY to improve mood and lower blood pressure of older people living in RACHs.

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