Humor Therapy Effective For Dealing With Agitation In Dementia – ShapeAble

A study shows that humor therapy is as effective as popular antipsychotic meds in dealing with agitation in dementia and eliminates severe side effects of drugs The study on the effects of humour therapy on agitation, mood, social engagement and behavioural disturbances in individuals with dementia revealed both short and long term reduction in agitation in dementia.[1]

The SMILE study involved the recruiting and teaching of an employee to act as a “LaughterBoss” who worked together with a humour specialist with improvisation and comedy skills, a bit like “Clown Doctors” made use of in hospitals to assist recovery and elevate mood in kids.


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