Even though exercise is vital for seniors, many avoid it because some activities seem too strenuous, and others just aren’t stimulating enough. If your elderly loved one fits this description, dancing may be the perfect alternative because there is more potential for fun interaction. Different dances can have different health benefits, and Vancouver elderly care experts are here to discuss a few of the advantages certain dances may hold for your loved one.
Researchers in Australia discovered seniors who took a 2-week tango class experienced a significant reduction in depression. This dance helped them develop a better range of motion, and they also felt less anxiety and stress and slept better after completing the class, leading to a higher quality of life.
A study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found participating in leisure activities like disco dancing helps ward off dementia. Dancing combines split-second decision making with cardiovascular exercise, which helps create new neural pathways in the brain. The aerobic activity involved in disco dancing can also help lower your loved one’s blood pressure.
Just 2 weeks of salsa dancing can significantly increase your loved one’s strength and balance. Salsa has been deemed to be a safe exercise for older adults, and studies also reveal a high percentage of seniors who start a salsa class end up finishing it. Sticking with a long-term dance program can reduce your loved one’s risk for heart disease by boosting his or her overall physical wellbeing.
Waltzing has been found to offer similar health benefits as other cardiovascular exercises like walking or cycling, which can be especially beneficial for seniors with chronic heart failure. Dancing the waltz can also reduce the risk of falls by increasing balance and posture.
Low-impact dancing mostly involves quick steps and toe touches, and weights can also be added into the routine. This approach to dancing can help the elderly move around easier and with less pain, which may lead to decreased pain medication use and increased independence.
If your loved one needs transportation to dance classes or assistance with mobility, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to help your loved one get the stimulating exercise he or she needs, and they can assist with many other important tasks as well. Learn about our part-time and live-in care options and our comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care in Vancouver by calling a Case Manager at today.