November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan designated it so in 1983 and we are honoring that at our Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Pearland.
What does ballroom dance have to do with Alzheimer’s disease, you may ask?
A lot actually. Dance, in fact, has such beneficial effects on the brain that it is now being used to treat people with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological movement disorder.*
“There’s no question, anecdotally at least, that music has a very stimulating effect on physical activity,” says Daniel Tarsy, MD, an HMS professor of neurology and director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). “And I think that applies to dance, as well.”*
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there were fewer than two million people with this insidious disease in 1983 – that figure in the U.S. now is 5.5 million, with 5.3 million being 65 years of age or older.
We’re hopeful that medications easing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can be further developed to improve quality of life for those who suffer from the disease, and also for their families and caretakers.
Ballroom dance can be an effective (& fun!) therapy for those impacted by the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and it’s even more impactful when enjoyed with a loved one. Contact us this month for our special November offer (2 Introductory Private Lessons for just $40) and discover the healing power of dance.
Help us step up in this battle as we continually raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and the impact of dementia.
Thank you in advance. See you at the studio.