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Idalina Aguiar, member of the EWGPWD writes about Laughter Therapy

Monday 29 May 2017

I usually say “Laughter is the music of the spirit” and it is really good to laugh. Last month I participated in a Memory Cafe session about Laughter Therapy, with Marla Jasmins, a laughter therapist. This therapy gives us an immediate comfort, physically and psychologically, it helps us to relax, to tolerate daily problems, and activate goods things in our brain.

I describe myself as a person that loves to laugh, and nowadays, I know that laughter and good moods give me strength to overcome my everyday challenges, because it relaxes me and helps me see things in other perspectives. I am thinking of having structured sessions with a laughter therapist, because I think this therapy can have benefits for me, in helping me live well with dementia.

This month I had the honour to participate in an EWGPWD meeting. As well as the hard work we do, I can laugh with my friends from EWGPWD. Even if I need help to remember what I did in those kind of meetings, it is interesting to be conscious that the faces and names of my friends from the EWGPWD are more and more familiar to me.

Meanwhile, I have a blog, where I want to talk about my daily experiences and particularly my experience in EWGPWD, with the objective of perpetuating my memories: http://mymemoryidalina.blogspot.pt/

Idalina is supported by her daughter Nelida, to whom we are grateful for her help in translating Idalina's words to English.

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