In an e-newsletter from Margo:
Dance and Mental Fitness â€“ from “The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain”
by Gene Cohen, M.D., PH.D.
An important 2003 study identified five leisure activities that were associated with a lower risk of dementia and cognitive decline. In order of impact (from highest to lowest), the winners were dancing, playing board games, playing musical instruments, doing crossword puzzles and reading. Risk reduction was related to the frequency of participation. (For example, older persons who did crossword puzzles four days a week had a risk of dementia 47 percent lower than subjects who did puzzles once a week)
More evidence to dance â€“ dance â€“ dance!