February 10, 2012 · 1 Comment
Whether it’s a boisterous laugh that comes from the belly or a quiet laugh interspersed with snorting, when we laugh we instantly feel good and we want to do it again. What we don’t think about is what is happening to our minds and bodies as we giggle, chuckle or roar out in laughter when something funny happens.
What is Laughter?
The definition of laughter is that it is a physiological response to humor. When we laugh, we are using at least 15 facial muscles to contort our face and make a sound. More →
Tagged: brain, cardiovascular health, children, depression, laughter, pain, relationships, seniors, stress, suicide, teens
With the significant rise of South Asian seniors living abroad, there is an increased urgency in better understanding the factors related to developing depression in the elderly. In addition, new research is being conducted to identify the symptoms of depression in South Asian seniors. Many researchers have concluded that the depressive symptoms in the South Asian elderly population are different, not only from their Western counterparts, but from younger South Asians as well.
Here are the most common signs and symptoms of depression in South Asian elders: More →
Tagged: depression, emotions, physical and mental health, research, seniors
Aging is a difficult process no matter what culture you identify with. Slowly losing your independence as well as your physical health can take a toll on a person both mentally and physically. Aging in a place different from your country of origin can make the process even more challenging for the elder as well as for his/her family.
With many South Asians having immigrated to countries such as the UK, Canada and the US, as their parents age sometimes the only option is to bring them to live abroad with the children. More →
Tagged: alzheimer's, depression, emotions, grief, physical and mental health, relationships, seniors, stress