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6 Ideas for How to Spark a Laugh with your Loved one living with Dementia
Sep 02, 2014

In need of a good laugh? Try starting one. Laughter is infectious. Many people with mid to late Alzheimer’s are still capable of getting a joke or seeing the absurdity in a situation. Others laugh almost reflexively, mirroring the emotion of those around them.

Some smile-makers to try:

  1. Watch a slapstick comedy, such as a Charlie Chaplin movie, that involves more physical humour than dialogue.
  2. Read aloud from a bad-joke book.
  3. Watch a funny TV programme, like You’ve Been Framed
  4. Search YouTube for funny videos of dogs and children. (Search dogs on skateboards or babies laughing).
  5. Recollect some silly story from your family’s past: silly things a child once said, crazy mistakes Grandad made, the time you got lost at Dublin Zoo                                     
  6. Put out birdseed and watch birds and squirrels go at it. Feeding ducks at a pond or watching animals in the zoo are other reliable smile-makers.



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