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  • 30 Sep 2018
    Dancing is a form of physical activity that has been proven to bring enormous health benefits for everybody practising it. In children, dancing boosts physical development and brings numerous physical and mental development advantages. In adults, dancing establishes better physical functions and improved mental state, especially in overly-stressed adults. Until recently, although the benefits were obvious in seniors as well, no research papers focused on proving those. However, recent studies and data show the amazing advantages brought by dancing for seniors.\ The Ageing Process The ageing process causes a series of health-related issues, starting with lower muscle tonus and continuing with joint issues and bone fragility. Our bones lose their density when we age, as many research papers have shown. In women, ageing causes osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become porous and fragile. However, men are also subjected to bone-density concerns. Men and women face severe joint issues when ageing, arthritis being one of those. The heart doesn’t remain unaffected by the ageing process. Being an organ that constantly works to pump blood through our circulatory system, in time, it losses its tonus, just like any other muscle in our body. However, it has been proven that exercising can improve cardio-respiratory functions in people of various ages. The only difference is that elders need a lighter form of exercise that doesn’t impact that fragile bones and joints. As we age, our blood vessels lose their elasticity as well. In these conditions, your heart has to increase the necessary effort to pump blood through your circulatory system. Your brain and nervous system are also affected by the ageing process, as we will shortly see. The ageing process naturally leads to losing cells. This is also true for your brain as well. By losing cells, we also lose our cognitive functions, slowly. Last, but not least, the change is noticeable in our appearance. Besides gaining some wrinkles, as we age, our metabolism also slows down. This means that we are more likely to gain weight rapidly, especially in the context in which we also decrease our physical activity levels. Although the ageing process seems to have serious effects on our bodies, we can combat all the above through dancing. Below we will present some of the most important health benefits offered by dancing for seniors. Physical health benefits of dancing for seniors As you age, you will start to notice how your balance worsens, how your muscle tonus disappears and how your coordination begins to decay. Luckily, our favourite judge is back with some great news! You can dance away some of these ageing symptoms, quite easily, in fact. This way, you will decrease the chances of accidental injury, a problem many elders face. Numerous research papers claim that dancing is a type of activity that improves strength and muscle tonus, without having a negative impact on the elder’s fragile bones and joints. Dancing is proven to improve balance and coordination as well, which makes elders less likely to injure themselves while performing their daily normal tasks. Another study has shown that older adults who took part in a six-week dancing class had an improved posture at the end of the course. Besides, their motor functions and reaction times were analysed and surprisingly, those were better than previously, too. Unlike what many are tempted to believe, the dance style that you choose doesn’t change the health benefits offered by this type of activity. So, when seniors cannot engage in soliciting dancing styles, they can always choose a slower and less soliciting class. Besides, dancing seems to diminish the physical discomfort caused by pains and aches, especially bone-related ones. Muscle stiffness is also lower in elders that dance regularly. Mental and Social Benefits of Dancing for Seniors Besides offering a variety of physical health benefits, dancing offers an array of social and mental health benefits, too. A team of researchers interviewed a group of women over 60 about the changes they noticed after attending dancing classes. All women in the group showed high levels of enthusiasm regarding their dancing hobby. As the women claimed, dancing offered them the opportunity to become more socially involved, improved their self-expression abilities and boosted their self-esteem. These are things that people of all ages struggle with and apparently, dancing creates the necessary context to lower anxiety, depression and intrusive thoughts that normally appear after a certain age. Dancing may be the best method to combat mental health challenges and boost social interaction after a certain age. Cognitive Benefits of Dancing for Elders We mentioned previously how cognitive function decay after a certain age, mainly due to a loss of brain cells. Mental and physical advantages aren’t the only ones offered by dancing, as many research papers and studies show that dancing may slow down the ageing process of the brain. In fact, the increased neural activity that takes place while dancing helps the brain and nervous system bond new connections. As we age, this is a rare occurrence. Because we have to constantly remember what move comes after the previous one, dancing is proven to bring enormous cognitive advantages, boosting brain flexibility. Contemporary dance, especially, is proven to improve concentration and the analytical side of the brain. Researchers believe that this phenomenon occurs because contemporary dance is mainly based on improvisation and creativity. Parkinson’s Disease sufferers also seem to enjoy improved physical abilities after a number of dancing sessions. Turning and backwards walking are things that these patients usually find especially difficult, but as the dance classes evolve, seniors struggling with this health concern become capable of those.   Elders usually face a series of mental, physical and cognitive impairments as they age. However, multiple studies show the enormous benefits and improvements in all the areas presented above. As many people say, dance your way to a healthier self when you age. This will make you happier, more confident and more likely to enjoy your life at its fullest! Make sure to do this in organised classes, for the added social benefits!
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  • Dancing is a form of physical activity that has been proven to bring enormous health benefits for everybody practising it. In children, dancing boosts physical development and brings numerous physical and mental development advantages. In adults, dancing establishes better physical functions and improved mental state, especially in overly-stressed adults. Until recently, although the benefits were obvious in seniors as well, no research papers focused on proving those. However, recent studies and data show the amazing advantages brought by dancing for seniors.\ The Ageing Process The ageing process causes a series of health-related issues, starting with lower muscle tonus and continuing with joint issues and bone fragility. Our bones lose their density when we age, as many research papers have shown. In women, ageing causes osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become porous and fragile. However, men are also subjected to bone-density concerns. Men and women face severe joint issues when ageing, arthritis being one of those. The heart doesn’t remain unaffected by the ageing process. Being an organ that constantly works to pump blood through our circulatory system, in time, it losses its tonus, just like any other muscle in our body. However, it has been proven that exercising can improve cardio-respiratory functions in people of various ages. The only difference is that elders need a lighter form of exercise that doesn’t impact that fragile bones and joints. As we age, our blood vessels lose their elasticity as well. In these conditions, your heart has to increase the necessary effort to pump blood through your circulatory system. Your brain and nervous system are also affected by the ageing process, as we will shortly see. The ageing process naturally leads to losing cells. This is also true for your brain as well. By losing cells, we also lose our cognitive functions, slowly. Last, but not least, the change is noticeable in our appearance. Besides gaining some wrinkles, as we age, our metabolism also slows down. This means that we are more likely to gain weight rapidly, especially in the context in which we also decrease our physical activity levels. Although the ageing process seems to have serious effects on our bodies, we can combat all the above through dancing. Below we will present some of the most important health benefits offered by dancing for seniors. Physical health benefits of dancing for seniors As you age, you will start to notice how your balance worsens, how your muscle tonus disappears and how your coordination begins to decay. Luckily, our favourite judge is back with some great news! You can dance away some of these ageing symptoms, quite easily, in fact. This way, you will decrease the chances of accidental injury, a problem many elders face. Numerous research papers claim that dancing is a type of activity that improves strength and muscle tonus, without having a negative impact on the elder’s fragile bones and joints. Dancing is proven to improve balance and coordination as well, which makes elders less likely to injure themselves while performing their daily normal tasks. Another study has shown that older adults who took part in a six-week dancing class had an improved posture at the end of the course. Besides, their motor functions and reaction times were analysed and surprisingly, those were better than previously, too. Unlike what many are tempted to believe, the dance style that you choose doesn’t change the health benefits offered by this type of activity. So, when seniors cannot engage in soliciting dancing styles, they can always choose a slower and less soliciting class. Besides, dancing seems to diminish the physical discomfort caused by pains and aches, especially bone-related ones. Muscle stiffness is also lower in elders that dance regularly. Mental and Social Benefits of Dancing for Seniors Besides offering a variety of physical health benefits, dancing offers an array of social and mental health benefits, too. A team of researchers interviewed a group of women over 60 about the changes they noticed after attending dancing classes. All women in the group showed high levels of enthusiasm regarding their dancing hobby. As the women claimed, dancing offered them the opportunity to become more socially involved, improved their self-expression abilities and boosted their self-esteem. These are things that people of all ages struggle with and apparently, dancing creates the necessary context to lower anxiety, depression and intrusive thoughts that normally appear after a certain age. Dancing may be the best method to combat mental health challenges and boost social interaction after a certain age. Cognitive Benefits of Dancing for Elders We mentioned previously how cognitive function decay after a certain age, mainly due to a loss of brain cells. Mental and physical advantages aren’t the only ones offered by dancing, as many research papers and studies show that dancing may slow down the ageing process of the brain. In fact, the increased neural activity that takes place while dancing helps the brain and nervous system bond new connections. As we age, this is a rare occurrence. Because we have to constantly remember what move comes after the previous one, dancing is proven to bring enormous cognitive advantages, boosting brain flexibility. Contemporary dance, especially, is proven to improve concentration and the analytical side of the brain. Researchers believe that this phenomenon occurs because contemporary dance is mainly based on improvisation and creativity. Parkinson’s Disease sufferers also seem to enjoy improved physical abilities after a number of dancing sessions. Turning and backwards walking are things that these patients usually find especially difficult, but as the dance classes evolve, seniors struggling with this health concern become capable of those.   Elders usually face a series of mental, physical and cognitive impairments as they age. However, multiple studies show the enormous benefits and improvements in all the areas presented above. As many people say, dance your way to a healthier self when you age. This will make you happier, more confident and more likely to enjoy your life at its fullest! Make sure to do this in organised classes, for the added social benefits!
    Sep 30, 2018 557