Many patients with Alzheimer's or another dementia show frequent signs of agitation which can include verbal and physical aggression. This can be very challenging behavior for caregivers to manage. A new study conducted in 36 nursing homes in Australia tested humor therapy as a method to decrease agitation. Staff members were trained to be a "Laughter Boss", learning to develop a playful relationship with dementia patients. The so called SMILE study found these relationships to be as effective in calming agitation as psychotropic drugs, without the harmful side effects, and showed a 20% reduction in agitated behaviors.
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Published on December 16, 2011.