Some people think that because they haven’t been taking ballroom dance classes since they were old enough to walk, they wont be to try their hand at dancing. But that’s not true – you are never too old to start dancing.
Seniors can gain a lot of benefits from dancing:
- In a 20-year study of more than 500 senior citizens, ages 75 and older, dancing was the only physical activity that prevented people from developing dementia as they age. (New England Journal of Medicine)
- The side-to-side motions of many ballroom dances, such as mambo and swing, strengthen the tibia, fibula, and femur and help prevent or slow the loss of bone mass associated with osteoporosis (Journal of Aging and Physical Activity).
- Tango dancing helps older adults with balance (Journal of Aging and Physical Activity).
- Social dancing reduces social isolation and even the aches and pains frequently experienced in old age (Dr. Jonathan Skinner, Queens University of Belfast, Ireland).
- In Canada, many retirement homes offer ballroom dancing and scientific studies have shown that nearly 80% of the residents have reduced their intake of pills. While dancing, “happy hormones” (endorphins) are released, reducing pain and giving you a feeling of euphoria.
If you’ve been thinking about learning ballroom dance, talk to the Fred Astaire Cherry Hill dance instructors about the health benefits and how we can customize a lesson program just for you.