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.