ACAP-Hickory (Adult Children of Aging Parents) will present, “Laughter is the Best Medicine!” on Tuesday, December 6, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory.  Presenter for the program is Meghan Lawton, Senior Membership Director, Hickory Foundation YMCA and former Regional Manager, Foothills Office, Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina.

Laughing is good for us!  Research shows that laughter provides significant physical, mental and emotional benefit, particularly during stressful times.  The December ACAP program will provide lots of opportunities to laugh and strategies for finding humor in the midst of difficult circumstances.  Specifically, program attendees will learn the physical benefits of laughter, discover how humor can mentally bring us to acceptance, gain understanding of how humor can emotionally change our perspective, and become aware of how laughter is good for the caregiver as well as the care recipient.  Particularly at this time of year with all-too-often increased stress, this program on humor and caregiving is of particular benefit.

The ACAP-Hickory program is free.  To register, please email  fhall@ACAPcommunity.com or call, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).  Feel free to invite family and friends to attend, also.

ACAP gratefully acknowledges Seniors Helping Seniors and Catawba Valley Living at Rock Barn as sponsors for the December program.

The mission of ACAPcommunity is to provide information, resources, support and community for adult-child caregivers as we care for our aging parents and for ourselves.  ACAP-Hickory, the local chapter of ACAPcommunity, offers free educational programs the second Tuesday of each month (first Tuesday in December), 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. Although designed for adult-child caregivers, programs are open to all.  To reach the Fellowship Hall:  From N. Center Street / Hwy. 127, turn beside Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (2780 N. Center Street, Hickory) onto 28th Ave. NE.  Park in the parking lot at the back of the church, and enter the fellowship hall via the door under the portico.

In addition to monthly educational programs offered through local chapters, ACAPcommunity provides audio podcasts and other resources addressing a variety of caregiving issues.  Please visit our website, www.ACAPcommunity.org, for further information.