We know dancing improves strength, muscle tone and coordination, reduces stress and increases energy. You also get all the heart-healthy aerobic benefits while being able to engage in a social activity. But did you know it’s also good for your brain? Those split second decisions you have to make on the dance floor while leading and following may just keep your mind sharp for years to come.
A 21-year study of participants age 75 and over, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The study looked at both cognitive activities such as reading, doing crossword puzzles, writing and playing musical instruments as well as physical activities like tennis, golf, swimming, bicycling and dancing. Dancing was the ONLY physical activity out of 11 in the study that was associated with a lower risk of dementia. In fact, it had the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical! Researchers found that participants who engaged in reading, dancing and playing musical instruments and board games at least 11 days a month had a 63 percent lower risk of dementia.
So get on the dance floor – as soon as you can and as much as you can! We have lots of great classes in both of our locations, weekly dance parties and weekend workshops. Are you a local senior citizen? Come join us for our Ballroom Aerobics classes at the Shelton, Milford and Trumbull Senior Centers. Check our web schedule for dates and times.