Who says seniors shouldn't be on the dance floor? On the contrary, dancing has many benefits for people of all ages, including those in their golden years. Here are 4 of the many excellent reasons to keep dancing.
- It has been associated with a reduced risk of dementia. That's right, as you move your muscles, your brain is very much involved too. So let your body enjoy the music while your mind works at coordination and quick-thinking skills.
- Dancing can help you keep your heart as healthy as possible. One study concluded: "in patients with stable chronic heart failure, waltz dancing is safe and able to improve functional capacity....similar to traditional aerobic exercise training".
- It is a great mood booster. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, or other unfavorable moods, the benefits of dancing aren't just momentary. The effects have been shown to last.
- Ballroom dancing doesn't just look graceful. It can help you to become more graceful. Regularly engaging in it can help you to increase your strength, improve your sense of balance, and reduce your fall risk.
Even if you were to pick one of these benefits, it would be very much worth the effort of dancing. Not just that, dancing is so much fun. Be sure to check with your doctor before you start this or any other exercise routine.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!