On the Frontlines of Caregiving: The Healing Power of Laughter

Dani Klein Modisett has a mission to bring laughter to those with dementia in a kind and gentle way.

"There's somebody in there." These are words that have such power when we are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. It's something I have to remind myself of when caring for my own mom and I forget to see "her."

Dani Klein Modisett re-discovered her own mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, through the power of humor. She wished she could make her mom laugh again. Being a former professional comedian, Dani knew how humor and laughter connects people on a very deep level.

She had a friend who was a comedian who came to visit her mom and tapped into her mom's funny bone. Seeing her mom laugh motivated Dani to begin her own business to bring this joy to others. It's called, "Laughter on Call."

Dani nows visits long term-care facilities and works with individual families and staff to train them how to bring out the laughter in people who seem to have little joy in life. The results have been incredible.

You can hear Dani's caregiving story and learn about the power of laughter on my podcast link below. For other caregiving stories with experts in the field, visit "On the Frontlines of Caregiving."

I hope you like Dani's story and that we bring a bit of laughter in your life today and into the life of someone you care for.

Listen to "Alzheimer's: The Power of Humor" on Spreaker.

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