Did you know that dancing is one of the best dementia prevention strategies out there? In a study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 2012, frequent dancing was found to reduce the risk of dementia by 76%. Doing crossword puzzles was 47% and reading was 35%. The study followed senior citizens 75 or older for 21 years.
This means that dancing can help you stave off one of humans' most-feared situations in life, that of losing our faculties. Many people enjoy dancing, so this is something that should probably be easier to fit into our lifestyle than other things.
Dementia is something that no one wants to get, but unfortunately it attacks millions of people. The World Health Organization estimates that about 50 million people worldwide have dementia. That is about 5 to 8 people per 100 people over the age of 60.
Dancing is an easy form of exercise, so not only do you get the cognitive benefits of dementia prevention, but you get the cardiovascular benefits as well.
Again, another theme I try to promote on this website is that, if you can't do as much exercise, eating wisely, or, in this case, dancing, as you would like to do, do what you can. Every little bit helps. Two hours of exercise a day is a kind of maximum that people should do, although many athletes go over this amount. Thirty minutes of walking most days, or 5 minutes of sprinting 3-4 days a week, or 30 minutes of running a few days a week can take you a long way in getting and maintaining a healthy body.
You don't have to run a marathon every day to stay healthy. You don't have to dance for 2 hours every day. Dancing to one song here and there throughout the day will help you. Do what you can. A lot of the time we don't have to be forced to dance. It is something we do when the music moves us. We hear a favorite song and we're driven to hit the floor and show our moves.
Dancing is free. We don't have to get a membership anywhere to do it. If you want to get dancing lessons, they will cost, but you will learn something new, a different style of dance or new moves and you will also get the social aspect of meeting new people, another brain-booster.
If you're younger, start building your brain reserves earlier. Incorporate dancing into your day. It's good for your heart, good for your lungs, and now we know it's good for your brain. If you're older, start dancing today. It's never to late to start something. Some people take up running or bodybuilding in their 70s. If you haven't done much dancing for awhile, why not rekindle your love for life? Put on some of your favorite music and get your groove on. If you already do like to move to your favourite tunes, please carry on dancing!Home › Fitness for Seniors › Dancing and Dementia Prevention