Our courtyard is a beautiful place for a relaxing BBQ!
Duane came to visit today!
It's all about perspective. You can still be actively involved in things you enjoy even if you live in an Assisted Living. This resident has been out to eat six times, a theatre production of Pippi Longstocking, a Growlers baseball game, a trip to the Meijer Sculpture Garden, a trip to the beach at South Haven, a ceramics class at Art Bayou, and the Do Day parade. As well as her weekly shopping trips on Tuesdays on the bus. I think she got to do more this month in the community than I did!
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!!
Author: E.C. LaMeaux
One of the best feelings in the world is the deep-rooted belly laugh. It can bring people together and establish amazing connections. Everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the temperature of a room from chilly unfamiliarity to a warm family-like atmosphere.
Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California researched the benefits of laughter and found amazing results. Get ready to get your giggle on!
1. LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack. So grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages, and enjoy your laughter medicine.
2. REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS
By reducing the level of stress hormones, you're simultaneously cutting the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones may result in higher immune system performance. Just think: Laughing along as a co-worker tells a funny joke can relieve some of the day's stress and help you reap the health benefits of laughter.
3. WORKS YOUR ABS
One of the benefits of laughter is that it can help you tone your abs. When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Meanwhile, the muscles you are not using to laugh are getting an opportunity to relax. Add laughter to your ab routine and make getting a toned tummy more enjoyable.
4. IMPROVES CARDIAC HEALTH
Laughter is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart into health.
5. BOOSTS T-CELLS
T-cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T-cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.
6. TRIGGERS THE RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS
Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.
7. PRODUCES A GENERAL SENSE OF WELL-BEING
Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. So smile, laugh, and live longer!
Happy June! Summer is just around the corner! We are heading to the Do-Dah Parade this Saturday. We are also excited to celebrate our Father's this month at our Father's Day BBQ! Later in the month we will pack up Howie and take a trip to Binder Park Zoo. Here is our monthly calendar!