You've heard the expression "laughter is the best medicine" and it turns out, it's true. Experts at the Mayo Clinic say it activates and relieves stress response and promotes circulation and now comedians are using it to help Alzheimer's patients.
Dani Klein Modisett, a standup comedian in Los Angeles, founded Laughter On Call after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. She says one-on-one time with a professional comedian changed her mom's life by improving her mood and appetite. Modisett also says being able to connect through laughter helps relieve isolation and loneliness.
The company pairs comedians with seniors and help train healthcare workers and families on how to laugh more against very tough odds. There is no other company out there with this specific model. There are people who do improvisation, which is great and actually an element of what we do, but no one is taking comedians, who understand perseverance and the meaning of a “tough audience,” and calling upon their exact skill set to reach people who many don’t have the courage to engage with.