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Chinese Old Folks Choir Covers Lady GaGa's Bad Romance!!!

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Yes! YES! and YES!

A group of retired senior citizens all came together to parade their love for Mother Monster on Hunan TV!

As they cover Bad Romance in their Changsha dialect, they gleam with happiness and we couldn't love it more.

They're so animated! And so into it!! Lady GaGa would be very proud.

U have to watch this video. It will make UR day! PRESS that PLAY button!

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Laughter Improves Treatment Of Dementia Patients

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Patch Adams was onto something!

Research has already found that laughter could lower your blood pressure and increase your tolerance of pain, but a new study has found it has benefits for dementia patients as well.

Australian researchers found humor reduced agitated behavior like wandering, screaming, aggression, and repetitive behavior in dementia patients by 20%!

200 out of 400 nursing home residents that received amusing visits from a "humor therapist" and cared for by staff under the supervision of a "laughter boss" were found to be less agitated then those under straight-laced care.

Lead researcher Dr. Lee-Fay Low says care facilities often forget to maintain patients emotional needs, explaining:

"There's evidence to show that people with dementia still experience humour and to the same amount of enjoyment as people without dementia but they find different things funny. I think in some facilities they are very task focused and think, 'we have to do baths, showers, food and cleaning' and because they are so busy looking after the clinical and physical needs of the residents they sometimes forget to look after the emotional needs so the lightheartedness (in the study) is part of that."

We totally agree and think this is a no brainer. A life without laughter isn't much of a life at all!

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Daily Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Help Women Age Better

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A new study on alcohol consumption and aging suggest a new mantra: A glass of wine a day keeps dementia away!

After analyzing nearly 14,000 responses to the Nurses’ Health Study — one of the largest ongoing women’s health studies in the U.S. — Harvard researchers found 58-year-old women who drink 1 alcoholic beverage a day had a 20% better chance of “successful aging” compared to those who didn't.

"Successful aging” was defined as making it to the age of 70 with good cognitive function, no major chronic diseases, no physical limitations and good overall mental health.

Lead study author Dr. Qi Sun and researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, said:

“If you just focus on one aspect of health, that’s very misleading. What we are looking at is very comprehensive. For women who have one drink per day — equivalent to one can of beer, one shot of liquor or one glass of wine — that is associated with an increased chance of achieving successful aging, which means multiple aspects of health.”

Researchers found that the results were even more positive when women spread the amount of alcohol ingested throughout the week (one glass a day for 5 days), so don't use this as an excuse for binge drinking yourself silly, ladies!

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Having Friends Has Healthy Benefits

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A new study finds that those who are highly social decrease their chances of developing dementia in old age by 70%.

The study, which used a questionnaire to measure participation in social activities, followed 1,138 people for an average of five years. Each participant had the average age of 79.6 and no signs of dementia at the start of the study.

Each answer on the questionnaire that measured individuals levels of social activity was worth a point.

Researchers found each one-point increase on the social activity score was linked to a 47% drop in the rate of decline in cognitive function, as well as reducing the risk of becoming physically disabled by 43%.

Earlier studies have found that severe social isolation is as deadly as smoking and DOUBLES your risk of early death! Also, those with more and higher-quality relationships are at lower risk for a list of illnesses including heart disease and stroke.

So what's the connection between socializing and our brain? The lead author of the study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Bryan James, says:

"Socializing relieves stress, and there's a huge connection between stress and problems with the brain as we get older."

Makes sense to us! Engage others to engage your brain and keep it in tip-top shape!

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