DANCING MAKES YOU SMARTER
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 http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa022252 or for a nice summary of the beneficial effects of dancing on dementia https://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm
- % = reduced of dementia
- 0% = Bicycling, swimming or playing golf
- 35% = Reading
- 47% = Doing crossword puzzles at least 4 days a week
- 76% = Dancing frequently
Quoting Dr Joseph Coyle, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist who wrote an accompanying commentary:”The cerebral cortex and hippocampus, which are critical to these activities, are remarkably plastic, and they rewire themselves based upon their use.”
- Reduces stress and depression
- Increases energy and seratonin
- Improves flexibility, strength, balance and endurance
- Strengthens bones and boosts cardiovascular health
- Increases mental capacity by exercising our cognitive processes
- Dynamic and rapid-fire decision making, creates new neural paths
IRISH MUSIC AND PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Check out this article if you are interested in how Irish music and dance has benefited some with Parkinson’s disease. It’s the stepping plus the music, apparently.
Chris Brady (sent to NZ Folk Digest) _________________________________________________________________
BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF SOCIAL DANCE FOR OLDER AUSTRALIANS
Although this will probably not apply to most of our bright, young ASDN members, there is an interesting description of a study to examine the beneficial effects of social dance in older Australians.
Keep up the social dance – it might help even for all us youngsters.