“Dance can improve balance and flexibility.
Some of the physical effects are obvious: dance can – among other things — boost cardiovascular health and bone strength (because it’s weight-bearing exercise), as well as improve balance and flexibility. But there’s evidence it does much more.
Both intellectual and social stimulation have been shown to reduce the risk of getting dementia. Dance seems to help Parkinson’s patients as well, says Citlali Lopez-Ortiz, a research scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. “The focus is on helping them find new ways of moving and to improve the speed at which they move,” she says. Lopez-Ortiz introduces slow, ballet-like movements, sometimes taking the class to see the Joffrey Ballet for inspiration. With time, her students often become more mobile, and more confident
Dance/movement therapy focuses on dancing’s psychological benefits and its ability to encourage emotional connections. Today, dance is used in treatments for everything from eating disorders to autism to depression.Christina Devereaux, spokesperson for the American Dance Therapy Association, explains, “We really believe in the body/mind connection, and dance is a way for people to use what’s happening inside them and express it in an external, expansive way.”
Source: The Healing Powers of Dance – AARP The Magazine
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>Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter, Longer. Richard Powers
“Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages.”
>Dance therapy improves seniors’ gait, balance, researcher finds
“For seniors, dancing isn’t just for fun; it also can be therapeutic. Two recent studies found that participation in dance-based therapy can improve balance and gait in older adults. Improved functionality among seniors can decrease their risk of falling and reduce costly injuries.”