We all know how wonderful dancing can make us feel, whether we’re shaking our stuff at the local nightclub or jiggling along to the radio in the kitchen. It releases endorphins, gives you a great work out and always brings a smile to your face too. But dance is not just for the young ones.
The older generation were brought up on dance. With no Tinder or Match.com to help them find a partner, being a great dancer was the best way to ensure you got a date with the hottest guy or gal in town, and many older adults were very talented movers in their day.
Although they might not remember the steps to the tango, or be able to foxtrot as fast as they used to, that doesn’t mean older people shouldn’t be encouraged to move and groove their cares away. Here are just a few of the proven benefits dance can have for older people:
One of the greatest things about dance is that anyone can join in. We might not all be able to pirouette like Darcey Bussell, but there is a dance for everyone and everyone is welcome to dance. Parkinson’s, dementia, cancer, heart disease, arthritis… none of these issues will stop anyone from dancing, so if you’ve got an older person in your life who could benefit from busting a move, grab them by the hand and dance!
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