Study Says Grandparents Who babysit are Less at Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

11Immunity booster

Standup comedy resulting in laughter has also the power to increase infection-fighting antibodies in your system. It also boosted immune cells. Similarly, positive thoughts and feelings which are usually released with laughter also had the power to release what is called neuropeptides that combat illness and stress.

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12Decreases blood pressure

Laughing can also improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure. Separate studies found that laughter improves the circulatory system and the blood flow through arteries decreasing the risk of heart problems and those associated with high blood pressure. In fact, studies found that watching a funny movie improved one’s blood pressure for 24 hours after the program ended. Watching depressing movies impacted blood vessels in a negative way.

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13Mental stimulation

Standup comedy improves brain function says neuroscientist Dr Scott Weems. In a study, he found that between those who exercised and those who watched a comedy show and those who did nothing, the group who watched a comedy show answered more questions than the other two groups. Dr Weems says “Comedy is like a mental exercise, and just as physical exercise strengthens the body, comedy pumps up the mind.”

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14The elderly should be engaged in social interaction

Returning to our main topic, all of these factors have a relation in impacting cognitive function and health in the elderly. It can be concluded that while grandparenting and interaction with kids can have a positive effect on health in the aged, even social interaction, friendship, family get-togethers and laugher all play a major role in keeping your mind fit and healthy. Now, this is a good excuse to get some alone time and tell your parents to babysit your kid at least once a week. But don’t overdo it.

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