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-Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War

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As a result of the physiological changes associated with aging, older people are more susceptible to diseases. Most age-related illnesses bring chronic pain and disability. Chronic pain is pain that persists past the normal time of healing.

Chronic pain is common in later life and is associated with negative mood states and life satisfaction. Many people accept pain as part of their life and do not seek help until it becomes severe. Such pain among older people can contribute to loneliness, social isolation, depression, impaired functional mobility and ambulation, and increased healthcare utilization and associated costs. As a result, seniors may become isolated and less interested in go out and to see friends and family. Such impacts from chronic pain may be worse for older persons in residential care.

The handling of chronic pain with drugs is difficult. Doctors may be reluctant to prescribe adequate medicine dosage out of concern of inducing drug addiction. Hence, nonprescription pain relief measures are appealing to reduce the pain induced disability and distress. Such measures have a broad range of interventions, including education programs, cognitive-behavioral therapy, exercise programs, acupuncture, chiropractic, massages, and relaxation therapy. The use of distraction is one of the techniques to relieve pain. One of these techniques is humor.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines humor as: “the mental faculty of discovering, expressing, or appreciating the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous.” Humor impacts include cognitive, psychophysiological, social aspects, behavioral, and emotional reactions. Humor can trigger a mental process (i.e., perception) or laughter, the most common humor reaction. Such reactions can be experienced with a pleasant emotional feeling. Humor also leads to the release of endorphins in the brain, which help to control pain.

Humor may have some other beneficial impacts, such as: strengthen abdominal muscles, increase lung capacity, increase antibodies produced by the immune system. Many of these can cause beneficial health outcomes. Thus humor may aid improvements in pain thresholds which also aids in improving overall patient care.

The Jokes, Puns and Poems found on this and linked pages may help to relieve chronic pain, enhance happiness and life satisfaction, and reduce loneliness among older individuals. ENJOY!

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