Studies have found that frequent ballroom dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 76%. Those who work in the ballroom industry have also seen many elderly dancers benefit cognitively from taking ballroom dance lessons.
Dance studios across the country are offering volunteer programs to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia and their family members. At the Ballroom of Reno in Nevada, dozens of Alzheimer’s patients and their partners are able to attend dementia-friendly dance classes that teach everything from swing dancing to waltz.
Not only do the classes help bring the seniors out of isolation, they also offer a number of physical and cognitive benefits.