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Treating Dementia through Laughter Therapy

A new study has found that humour therapy is as effective as widely used  anti-psychotic drugs in managing agitation in patients with dementia, and  avoids serious drug side effects. The first major study of the impact of humour therapy on mood, agitation, behavioural disturbances and social  engagement in dementia patients found both short term and persisting  decrease in agitation, said lead researcher, Dr Lee-Fay Low, a Research  Fellow at UNSW’s School of Psychiatry. The SMILE study across 36 Australian residential aged care facilities involved the recruitment and  training of a staff member to act as a “LaughterBoss” who worked with a  humour practitioner with comedic and improvisation skills.  The SMILE study found a 20 per cent reduction in agitation using humour  therapy, an improvement comparable to the common use of anti-psychotic  drugs. “This shows humour therapy should be considered before  medication for agitation, particularly taking into account its side effects,”  said Dr Low. In the SMILE study agitation decreased not only during the  12-week humour therapy program, but remained lower at 26-week follow up. Happiness and positive behaviours rose over the 12 weeks of the program, however, dropped as soon as humour practitioner visits ceased.  The study will be presented this week at the National Dementia Research  Forum.

Source : The Times Of India

Dr Divya Amritjude

Dr. Divya Amritjude, wife of Dr. Amritjude, is the female consultant, the Siddha doctor of Agasthiyar Guru Siddha Hospital.

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