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Dust off your dancing shoes to drive away dementia

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I've always felt that there is something unique about dancing. Finally, the answer came.

From the book, The As If Principle, page 231:

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City followed a group of more than five hundred participants between 1980 and 2001....

Those who were readers showed a 35 percent reduced risk of dementia, while doing crossword puzzles at least four times a week showed a 47 percent drop. Interestingly, almost none of the physical activities, such as bicycling and swimming had any impact at all. The exception to the rule was dancing, with the regular dancers in the group exhibiting a massive 76 percent drop. By consistently dancing the night away, these people were acting as if they were young, and this helped slow the effects of aging over time.

Verghese, J., Lipton, R. B. et al.(2003)
New England Journal of Medicine, 348, 2508-2516
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