IT IS OFFICIAL
DANCING MAKES ONE SMARTER!!
A 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 may have heard about the New England Journal of Medicine report on the effects of recreational activities on mental acuity in aging. Here it is in a nutshell.
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. Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
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 was frequent dancing.
- Reading - 35% reduced risk of dementia
- Bicycling and swimming - 0%
- Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week - 47%
- Playing golf - 0%
- Dancing frequently - 76%. That was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.
Book your group or individual lessons now - here is the regular line-up:
Mondays (R50pp) 18h00 Line dancing
(R50pp) 19h00 Couples group (for singles or couples)
Tuesdays (R50pp) 19h00 Social dancing (for singles or couples)
Thursdays (R50pp) 18h00 Line Dancing
(R50pp) 19h00 Group dancing (for singles or couples)
Personal instruction: R1000 pp (single or couples) - to be arranged with the studio