Ballroom Dancing: An Investment in Yourself

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The Benefits of Ballroom Dancing are Endless!

From improved self-confidence to better balance and flexibility. Recently however, there has been a lot of talk about the benefits of dancing and cognitive process. Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have had astounding breakthroughs using music and exercise. It only makes sense that when they applied ballroom dancing and incorporated the balance, timing, rhythm and coordination with the musicality and exercise that the results started to go through the roof. It seems that ballroom dancing is not only a fun social activity that can boost your confidence but an investment in your future health.

In addition to the benefits to patients already suffering from these Alzheimer’s and dementia, research has also shown preventative benefits for people participating in activity like ballroom dancing regularly. The chance and severity of suffering from these diseases drops dramatically the longer and more frequently the person participates. Think of it as teaching your brain to function at a high level so when the threat of disease comes, you’re more equipped to fight off the effects.

If you have ever known someone suffering from these diseases, you know how heartbreaking it can be. For the sufferer, they are trapped in an unfamiliar world where they don’t remember who they are or anyone around them. For the family and friends of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients the effects can be just devastating. Looking into a parent’s eyes that no longer recognizes you, thinks you are nursing home staff or trying to cause them harm is dramatically painful for many people. The reality is that these illnesses are affecting more and more people every year. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) reports that 35.6 million people worldwide have some type of dementia.  This number is expected to triple by 2050. Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a debilitating brain disease, is the most common form of dementia. Not only does it cause memory problems, but it also affects thinking, behavior and personality. While the risk of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, it is not “old timer’s disease” or “old age senility” as some people call it. It is not a normal part of aging at all, and it can affect people as young as their 30s and 40s. AD robs people of their whole essence, ravishing both the mind and body. The degenerative disease is a terminal illness with no cure.

I think the fact that we are talking about ways to prevent diseases like these through healthy productive activity and not just medication is a sign that we are on the right track. Prevention is the best medicine. For more information on ballroom dancing and the many life changing benefits. Please visit our website or contact us.