Laughter therapy in dialysis: exercise, activity and wellness

Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speaker: Dr. Paul Bennett

Topics: Coping Dialysis Exercise Patient Perspective

Please note that certificates of attendance are available only to health professionals who attend the live airing of the webinar.

Laughter Therapy consists of breathing and stretching exercises followed by intentional laughter exercises and laughter meditation. It is a safe, low-intensity form of physical activity during dialysis that is connected to the reduction of chronic pain and depression. The therapy triggers endorphins and serotonin (two chemicals produced naturally by the brain that create feelings of happiness), resulting in the mind thinking the body is having a good time, ultimately leading to the laughter becoming real.

This webinar will cover recent research exploring laughter therapy during dialysis and provide demonstrations and recommendations on how to introduce laughter therapy into YOUR dialysis or CKD treatment program.

From this webinar you will walk away with:

  1. Increased understanding of the use of laughter therapy during dialysis
  2. Knowledge about the benefits of laughter therapy
  3. Awareness of laughter programs and how to access details of these in order to apply them to your own life or practice

Speaker

Dr. Paul Bennett

Dr. Paul Bennett is an Honorary Professor at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia and currently the Director of Medical & Clinical Affairs at Satellite Healthcare Inc., USA. Paul’s recent research has focused on strategies to improve the quality of life of people with chronic and end stage kidney disease using laughter therapy, resistance and aerobic exercise, home dialysis, e-learning, communication techniques, imagery, and workforce models. Paul was the Foundation Editor-in-Chief of the Renal Society of Australasia Journal and Editor in Chief for 10 years.