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Get Smarter – Dance!

Get Smarter – Dance!

Read this in depth article at Stanford explaining  this New England Journal of Medicine report on the effects of recreational activities on mental acuity in aging.  In a nutshell: The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter
Richard Powers

Smart Dancers - Integrity Dance CompanyFor centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.

Most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: 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.

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