Laughter is the Best Medicine

A new Australian study coming from The Arts Health Institute looks at the impact of humor therapy on mood, agitation, behavioral disturbances and social engagement in dementia patients. The SMILE study spanned 36 Australian assisted living communities and found a 20 percent reduction in agitation – results equal to that of drug therapies. This study is slated for presentation at Australia’s National Dementia Research Forum this week.

The Arts Health Institute is part of The Dementia Collaborative Research Centers funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

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