Dancing can help seniors says scientist

EVER considered taking up a dance class? Learning how to do the tango or ballroom dancing?

Well, scientists are urging seniors to stop wasting time, get down to the local studio and literally dance your way to better health.

Expert Dr Emma Redding believes seniors that learn to be lighter on their feet may in fact help reduce the risk of potentially harmful falls.

"Dancing, you take physical risks you would not on your own," Dr Redding, dance scientist at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, said.

"You shift your weight from side to side, from front to back, as you would not do when walking.
 
"This helps with ankle and core stability and makes people much more confident when moving in everyday life … and could help keep them safe."

The tango and ballroom dancing were identified as the two best dance forms for seniors because they are slower and the frailest of people can rely on the extra support of a partner.  

Dr Redding said dance classes also provide extra benefits with class participation creating social connections and the older style of music may provide help those suffering from dementia.


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