By Sylvia Booth Hubbard – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health
[Personal Note: My daughter, Maria, owns a dance studio in Merrimack, NH. Please see her web site at http://www.papermoondance.com -Bob]
Seniors can improve their energy, flexibility, posture, and achieve a sense of achievement by dancing. Researchers at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Ballet also found dancers were happier and had a stronger sense of community and friendship.
The three-month project examined the effects ballet had on the health and well-being of older Australians.
The study, she said, “found that ballet participation may contribute to positive outcomes across various health and well-being categories and promotes a general feeling of well-being.”
“The physical benefits of movement and dance on aging bodies is well-documented and our project really reinforces these findings, and additionally highlights the joy and benefits social connections in dance can bring to people’s lives,” said Professor Gene Moyle from Queensland University of Technology who is also a former professional dancer.
But while the study found no significant reduction in the risk of dementia among those who exercised regularly in activities such as bicycling, swimming, and team sports, one physical activity — ballroom dancing — showed an amazing 67 percent reduction in the risk of developing dementia.