We're repeatedly reminded of the physical and cognitive benefits of exercise. In response to the Keep Moving Rule, we jog, walk, and... just maybe... step away from the computer and/or the couch a few more times a day in an effort to "get the job done."
Maybe it's time to rev up your expectations by adding music and one or more partners to your exercise routine. Maybe it's time to dance!
Though researchers are just beginning to seriously study the relationship between dance and healthy aging, limited evidence suggests that dance can contribute to significant improvements in aerobic power, lower body muscle endurance, strength, flexibility, balance, agility, and gait (Journal of Aging and Physical Activity). Participants in a recent partnered dance study and research at the University of Missouri echo these assumptions.
More definitively, research at the Einstein School of Medicine in New York concluded that frequent dancing is the ONLY physical activity demonstrated to prevent dementia.
In addition, a 2015 Australian study concluded that ballet provides positive physical, social, cognitive and emotional benefits for people with Parkinson's disease. To learn more, register for the University of Wisconsin-Madison'sSummer Institute on Mental Disorders and the Older Adults in July.
While we're waiting for more research, don't allow the its lack to keep you from experiencing the joy that can be found through dance. Your body and your soul know when you're doing something good for you!
PS: Think you can't dance? Check out these sites below; you'll be pleasantly surprised :-).
We're sometimes overwhelmed by the abundance of technologies. Even selecting a new cell phone may be a challenge, simply because there are so many to choose from**. At the same time, we embrace the new; we surf, text, and blog; we Google, Skype, and Tweet. Bottom line: we like it, and we use it.
CAST (LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies) has identified four categories of technology that can help us maintain well-being and independence. Though CAST focuses on aging, these technologies have the potential to enhance the lives of people with a wide range of needs and abilities.
Today's Smart Tech has the potential to improve our personal sense of security,quality of life, independence, and health. If you are caring for a loved one, Smart Tech may also help to increase your personal time and peace of mind while reducing stress... all of which can make it just a little bit easier to be the kind of caregiver that you strive to be.
**Baffled by all those choices? Tune in next week to learn about strategies for selecting technology that meets YOUR needs and/or the needs of YOUR loved one.
NOTE: The information provided in this article is offered for educational and information purposes only and should not be interpreted as personal medical advice, product, or vendor endorsement.