Ballroom dancing No 1 activity to beat Alzheimers.

A young mind and a younger body!

 

It has been known for a long time that Ballroom dancing is a beneficial activity in regards to health. But only recently has the correlation between health and Ballroom dancing been seriously studied, and there are more than just the physical benefits!  In regards to beat alzheimers and dementia, it has proven to come out on top!

A study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City showed that frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter! This 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.

You can read more here but this study wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity. They discovered that some activities had a significant beneficial effect whilst 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 and to beat alzheimers was frequent Ballroom dancing.

Dancesport Kingdom in Lilydale is the premier place for adults to dance and reap the health benefits!  Click to find out about our courses for couples and singles. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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