Since before Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud began studying the workings of the human mind as the twentieth century dawned, humans have been filled with curiosity about what makes our species tick. One thing we know with certainty. There has been a dramatic increase in our average human life span in the past 100 years. The National Institute on Aging (NIA,) one of 27 Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) along with the World Health Organization (WHO) is the primary Federal agency focused on researching Global Health and Aging, particularly dementia and neuroplasticity. The data shows that the causes of human mortality have shifted from famine and acute, infectious disease to chronic and degenerative diseases. In other words, we’re now living longer but, depending on cumulative health factors, we may not be fully enjoying our length of years. We all dream of living long, healthy lives. Part of that dream of long life does not include losing our memory and mobility functions. This is exactly the point where brain science and dancing converge.
The accumulation of data in numerous recent studies appears to validate the benefits of ballroom dancing for preventing or delaying the onset of dementia and the benficial effects of ballroom dancing related to other neurologic degenerative problems. The factors affecting these apparent benefits are still to be sorted out by more research. Yet the word is out. Dancing is good for your brain. Dancing is good for maintaining mobility. DANCING IS GOOD FOR YOU! We all can benefit by planning and doing MORE dancing.
The numerous articles are as easy to find as a simple google-search. Here are links to some of the commentaries and scholarly articles we’ve seen. Read them and see what you think. And let us know what else you find in your own research. Meanwhile, come on in to our ballroom and dance as often as you can. It does a body (and a mind) good!