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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

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MEXGAL1 4/10/2014 5:24PM

    my 85 year old FIL still does the NY times crossword in less than 15 minutes. He is as sharp if not sharper than agree for sure with you!
Have a nice evening.

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ONESPOTLEFT 4/10/2014 8:48AM


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SHERYLP461 4/10/2014 7:36AM

    wow, thanks for sharing this info.

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LIS193 4/10/2014 12:41AM

I love crosswords (english and dutch) and I love to dance!

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TEAROSE22 4/9/2014 9:07PM

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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EDDYMEESE 4/9/2014 8:40PM


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WOUBBIE 4/9/2014 6:38PM

    That is pretty darn cool.


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JAVAFLOWER 4/9/2014 6:27PM

    very interesting - thanks for sharing!!!

Did the book happen to give a title for the research study?
I really would like to see more of this study.
- will have to add it to my "search this out for more info" list.
I also wonder how they defined dancing...hmmm.

In the mean time -

shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah....

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AJB121299 4/9/2014 5:53PM


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