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Joking with Alzheimer’s


Social skills, including light conversation and joking around, are often long-lasting skills in Alzheimer’s. Can tapping these skills boost mood, improve behavior and beat back dementia? See what The University of Washington has to say about it.


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April 5, 2015 8:46 pm

My understanding is that smiling, being helpul, making positive small talk, making small jokes and similar releases good chemicals in our brains and bodies. Even before I became a Caregiver to Mom with AD, practiced that. Once in the roll of 24/7/365, made sure to smile and make jokes and small talk [and larger talks] with her. It sure made it easier, as she responded to that. One retort I had was: "Mom, you would not have allowed me to get away with that when I was a kid!!". I was not being mean. Over time and experimenting found what I could say and would modify what I would say as the Disease progressed. But Mom liked the smiling, the positive reinforcements and small jokes all the way to the end.

Paulan Gordon
Paulan Gordon
November 5, 2015 10:18 pm

My husband and I often joke about the things I get mixed up and the crazy things I say sometimes as a result of my dementia. I think a little levity between partners is a good thing, but I would never joke about the seriousness of this disease with others outside of my dementia world.

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