Whatever sort of dancing takes your fancy, whether it’s salsa, line dancing, ballroom or just bopping about in your living room, it’s all good exercise! It’s also a great activity for meeting new people, as there are loads of classes and clubs you could join.
Dancing is an excellent activity for older adults. Any form of social dancing helps to:
- Reduce stress
- Increase energy
- Improve strength and flexibility
- Increase endurance
- Increase muscle tone and coordination
- Burn calories
- Prevent and treat osteoporosis
- Improve memory
- Create a sense of wellbeing
Research by Dr Jonathan Skinner from Queen’s University Belfast, highlighted the social, mental and physical benefits of social dancing for older people. Dr Skinner said:
“I have found that social dancing leads to a continued engagement with life – past, present and future – and holds the promise for successful ageing. It contributes to the longevity of the dancers, giving them something to enjoy and focus upon – to live for. It alleviates social isolation and quite literally helps take away the aches and pains associated with older age.”
There are lots of different types of dance classes available for older adults. These classes are often advertised in local community newspapers or through the local council. Dance provides the ideal opportunity to stay active and provides a good opportunity to meet other people and build social networks.