Dancing exercises the aging brain

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Dancing exercises the aging brain
4 older women dancers in costume, pointing ominously

Crows Feet dancers in Crones, 2019

At 75, I wondered what would keep my old brain healthy. My cognitive skills improved in my 70s because dancing exercises the aging brain. This is a story of dancing as training for the brain. I know from experience that regular dancing exercises older brains in specific ways. It’s never too late to start, and you can dance on a chair or in bed.

The word Alzheimers sends people into a panic. It’s easy to assume that old age equals dementia equals a life not worth living. However, the reality is more complex and more encouraging. A deluge of research now shows that certain lifestyle factors can protect the aging brain against Alzheimers and vascular dementia. Lucky us: frequent dancing has the power to improve our cognitive skills and even protect us from dementia.


2 thoughts on “Dancing exercises the aging brain

  1. bluebrightly says:

    I think, “Yes!” 🙂 Thank you for sending me off on an inspiring detour…watching a Crows Feet Dance Collective video. And thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That’s good. I like these random detours too, including a wander through your blog.

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