When it comes to our loved ones who are a bit older, proper mental and physical care are essential to well-being. Also, we want to make sure that our senior loved ones are still enjoying themselves despite the hurdles that can come with advanced age. Whether you are caring for a parent or grandparent or are looking for a way to combat the effects of aging, dancing has a plenty of physical and mental benefits for individuals of all ages. Here are just some benefits of incorporating dance into the senior lifestyle.
Dancing Fights Disease: Among seniors, staying active remains important in combatting major diseases including diabetes and high blood pressure, or hypertension. In addition to being good exercise, studies show that dance can help reduce knee and hip pain amongst seniors.
Anyone can Dance: Dancing provides endless varieties of options for individuals of all body types and abilities. Whether a person is moving his or her hands to the music or whirling across the dance floor, there are plenty of ways that people of any age and physical ability can enjoy dancing. While some physical activities may be prohibited in individuals with certain health conditions, dance is permissible and allows participants to stay active without the risk of overexcretion.
Dancing Sharpens the Mind: Engaging in a physical activity like dance on a regular basis has been shown to reverse the effects of aging on the brain. Dancing sharpens the mind and improves memory. Dance has even been shown to have a positive impact on patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
Dancing Improves Mood: Many seniors are prone to depression for a variety of reasons. Studies show that individuals who dance on a regular basis report a better overall mood, and it can even improve depression symptoms. Dance can also increase endorphins in the brain.
With plenty of benefits and a variety of available options, it may be time to start incorporating dance into the life of your favorite senior.