Wellness Pathway #190 Dance Away Dementia

Want to know how to forestall the problem of Alzheimer’s and other age-related cognitive declines? We’ve reported before about the importance of keeping your brain active, through mentally challenging activities such as crossword puzzles and memorization. But mentally challenging physical activities, such as ballroom dancing, may provide the most benefits of all.

A recent study of seniors published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that dancing was the leisure activity most associated with a lower risk of dementia. Perhaps that’s because dancing engages both the body and the mind. Other brain-engaging leisure activities, such as reading, playing board games, and playing musical instruments, were also associated with lower risk.

How much was the benefit? One activity once a week reduced the risk of dementia by 7 percent. Risk reduction went up to 63 percent for those who participated in more activities more frequently. So unless you have specific physical limitations, put on those dancing shoes and hit the dance floor as often as possible. It will do more than help your body; it will help your mind as well. 

Coaching Inquiries: How often do you go dancing? How could this become more a part of your life?

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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