A new Bupa report highlights the ways in which dance can contribute to the emotional and physical wellbeing of over-65s, and urges policy makers to pay special attention to dance when looking at ways to promote fitness in older people.
The report shows how dancing is especially beneficial in improving the health and fitness of older people beyond other types of exercise. As well as improving coordination, reaction times, muscle endurance, flexibility, gait and strength - which all reduce the risk of falls in older people - it is proven to be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of conditions as diverse as dementia, arthritis and Parkinson's disease. It also carries with it a social element that can help improve confidence and reduce isolation.
Private medical insurance news: 17 June 2011