As seen on a video floating around Facebook, there are so many incredible reasons for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia learn to ballroom dance! You must read, though you may not be surprised that people suffering with these diseases receive these benefits. Even people who are not victims can experience the brain benefits ballroom dancing has to offer. As I have mentioned in a previous blog (see link below), we slowly start to lose our brain cells as we age past our 20’s. Yes, you read that right! So, these types of benefits are NOT just for the elderly. I am so happy to be part of the ballroom dance industry that is making a difference in people’s lives and spread the word about Alzheimer’s. A BIG “thank you” to Chris Lynam and Arthur Murray International Inc. for teaming up with Alzheimer’s Association in an attempt to raise more funds and awareness throughout the nation!
Here you go…
Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain. It improves memory, learning and balance. Seniors who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in their brains. Unlike traditional fitness training programs, among different exercises examined on a number of participants, dancing had the most profound effect in reversing the signs of aging. Research shows that it helps with stress, anxiety and depression. Trying different types of dance keeps you in a constant learning process which increases the size of a brain region called the Hippocampus. This region normally declines with age and is severely affected by diseases like Alzheimer’s. The Hippocampus plays a role in memory and learning as well as keeping one’s balance. In a study, participants were presented with new dance routines every week. The steps, arm patterns, formations, speed and rhythms were changed every week to keep them constantly learning. The most challenging aspect was for them to recall the routines under the pressure of time and without any cues from their instructor. These extra challenges account for the noticeable difference in balance. Researchers hope to develop new dance-based fitness programs which have the potential of maximizing anti-aging effects on the brain. In a previous study, dancing was also found effective on people suffering from Dementia. Physical and mental exercise contribute to a healthy life and learning different types of dance routines can rejuvenate the body and mind minimizing several risk factors and slowing down age-related decline.
I am so happy to share this research here with you! There are so many health benefits to Ballroom Dancing. You will receive these benefits while having fun and being part of an amazing community. If you haven’t already, step out of your comfort zone and go to an Arthur Murray in your area and learn to dance! You won’t regret it!
For more information about how you can get involved with Arthur Murray and Alzheimer’s Association, visit alz.org/arthurmurray and make a difference “one step at a time.”
Live, Love, Dance and Enjoy! #EndAlz
More on the health benefits of dancing: https://arthurmurraydanceschools.com/2017/05/12/dance-fitness-week-health-benefits-re-hash/
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