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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 11:44 AM

Hope this is okay for this group....dance if you can.....


“For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.

Most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages.

The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The study wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity. They discovered that some activities had a significant beneficial effect. Other activities had none. They studied cognitive activities such as reading books, writing for pleasure, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and playing musical instruments. And they studied physical activities like playing tennis or golf, swimming, bicycling, dancing, walking for exercise and doing housework. One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.

Reading – 35% reduced risk of dementia
Bicycling and swimming – 0%
Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week – 47%
Playing golf – 0%
Dancing frequently – 76%. That was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.


https://www.thealzheimersproject.org/2014/12/ballroom-dancing-and-alzheimers-can-dancing-make-you-smarter/

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Response to Fresh_Start (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 11:49 AM

1. Very interesting results of that study! Thanks for sharing!

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Response to Canoe52 (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 11:52 AM

2. I just came across it...I will share with my mom when she wakes up

she is 80 and fears mental decline.

She lives for dancing...
She's had some severe health issues that stopped her from dancing for a year..but she had surgery in December and thankfully seems on the mend.

I hope to see her dancing soon. And knowing that dancing is the activity which apparently is the most likely to ward off dementia is a wonderful bonus and should also ease her concerns about being a burden.

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Response to Fresh_Start (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 11:54 AM

3. Great share. Thanks, Fresh_Start. nt

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 11:56 AM

4. my pleasure. love your handle. NT

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