I’m Going to Kick Ass at the Nursing Home:

Social Dance Study
‘The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

The study wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity. They discovered that some activities had a significant beneficial effect. Other activities had none.

They studied cognitive activities such as reading books, writing for pleasure, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and playing musical instruments. And they studied physical activities like playing tennis or golf, swimming, bicycling, dancing, walking for exercise and doing housework.

One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.

Reading – 35% reduced risk of dementia

Bicycling and swimming – 0%

People who played the hardest gained the most: For example, seniors who did crossword puzzles four days a week had a 47% lower risk of dementia than those who did the puzzles once a week.

Playing golf – 0%

Dancing frequently – 76%.

That was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.

Quoting Dr. Joseph Coyle, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist who wrote an accompanying commentary:
“The cerebral cortex and hippocampus, which are critical to these activities, are remarkably plastic, and they rewire themselves based upon their use.” ‘


as long as I keep reading like I do,
and dancing like I do?

This bitch is going to go to her GRAVE with all mental faculties intact.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura Jane
    Nov 17, 2010 @ 18:10:52

    And I’m going with you!!! I say more dancing for us all.

    Also, one more reason to drag my boy out on the dance floor. I’m going to need lots of good company in that nursing home.


  2. cheekypinky
    Nov 17, 2010 @ 19:45:49


    After things with Acronymy Government Agencies settle down,
    do you two loves want to start tango with Ben and me?

    Maybe in January?


  3. charlotte
    Nov 17, 2010 @ 20:44:39

    You and me both, sister! Can we go to the same nursing home?? Woohoo, dancing!


    • cheekypinky
      Nov 17, 2010 @ 20:50:36


      It will be the most awesome of all homes,
      and there will be dancing and books and good food and laughter and no old lady perms and wheelies in the hallways with walkers and wheelchairs…

      Everyone is going to want to hang out with us!


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