When Peggy Sue Brown took her first line dance class in 2006, she was hooked. She and husband Don moved to Heber-Overgaard in 2010 and first thing she did was…you guessed it…line dancing. At that time a woman named Burta was the instructor at Pinecrest Lakes. When she said she was moving away, Peggy Sue took the helm. Burta left her all the music to help get her started. “I never charge for it,” said Peggy Sue, “Because it’s so important to me that people get up and dance.”
She gave me a document called “Dancing for the Dream” a non-profit organization dedicated to the health of aging Americans. The form of exercise they use is – you guessed it – Line Dancing!
1“A 2003 study in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine discovered that dance can decidedly improve brain health. The study investigated the effect leisure activities had on the risk of dementia in the elderly. The researchers looked at the effects of 11 different types of physical activity, including cycling, golf, swimming, and tennis, but found that only one of the activities studied—dance—lowered participants’ risk of dementia. According to the researchers, dancing involves both a mental effort and social interaction and that this type of stimulation helped reduce the risk of dementia.”
According to other studies, dance can help other medical conditions such as Parkinson’s.
Here’s some additional activities and how they cut the risk of dementia*:
- Reading 35%
- Playing a musical instrument 69%
- Frequent Line Dancing 76%
Peggy Sue told me there are people with illnesses such as Parkinson’s and other body/brain disorders that have begun coming to class. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain by giving it a try.
Join Peggy Sue on Tuesday mornings at Pinecrest Lakes or on Wednesday evenings at the Rim Country Sr./Community Center. See the Mark Your Calendar section on page 2 for additional info.
*Compared with people who rarely participate in these activities. More frequent activity=higher percentage of risk reduction.