Dancing May Help Patients With Alzheimer's And Dementia

POSTED: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 8:15pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 8:53pm

Preventing Alzheimer's and dementia may just be a few dance steps away.  Most people think of ballroom dancing as exercise and a form of entertainment.  Now researchers are finding that it keeps your body and mind healthy.

John Hanson is 76 years old and he hits the dance floor three to five times a week.  He says that keeping a healthy mind is one of the main reasons he continues to cut the rug.

"It keeps me interested.  It keeps me physically active and there's a lot of socializing going on," said Hanson.

Dance instructor Joanie Garcia says she has dancers of all ages and they usually don't know all of the benefits they're getting. "They're not used to doing this type of thing, so it's a different motor skill, a different memorization.  It helps to develop those particular skills in their body and mind," said Garcia.

She says no matter what your age, it's never too late to put on your dancing shoes. "Whatever age you start, it's something you can have from now until you pass on," said Garcia.

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