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Dance Your Way to Better Brain Power!

  January 08, 2019
Submitted by the Villas of Holly Brook

Everyone now knows that the exercise you get from dancing is good for your bones and your heart. If you’ve been putting off getting back to the dance floor, here’s one more reason to start dancing again. It can build your brain power!

A study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine shows that dancing twice a week for six months increases memory and cognitive function, especially among adults at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Dancing is different from other types of exercise that produce some of the same benefits. It’s better because it’s easier on the joints and doesn’t cause injuries like jogging. It has one other benefit. It can increase social skills, which experts quoted in Health say is also good for your brain.

All physical activity reduces Alzheimer’s risk. An important new study shows that any physical activity, not just exercising, is linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The finding should be considered by people in middle age, since the disease develops for years before any symptoms occur.

Protective activities included washing dishes, cooking, cleaning, gardening, and even playing cards. Study subjects had no signs of dementia at the start of the study, which is part of the ongoing Memory and Aging Project at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. This is the first study to use an objective measure of physical activity in addition to self-reporting. Participants wore an actigraph on their wrists to assess levels of activity. Those in the bottom 10 percent for physical activity were almost twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
Physician Aron Buchman says, “The implication of this study is really astounding. Exercise is good, without a doubt, but his study is about more than exercise. People who might not be able to exercise can tailor activities that are right for them.”
Exercise daily now that you know it is good for your bones, heart, and brain!

This is a brief synopsis from a monthly seminar held at the Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care. They offer free seminars each month on senior health and memory care issues. The Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care communities offer a full range of personalized senior living services delivered by compassionate team members who are trained to encourage independence, preserve dignity, enable freedom of choice, and protect the privacy of residents. To learn more about the Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care, visit www.villasofhollybrook.com or call 855-20-VILLA (855-208-4552).

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