Music and dance therapy can be very beneficial to those suffering with dementia. It can not only help patients deal with the many emotions that comes with dementia, but it can also be used as a way to mitigate dementia. In addition, music and dancing is also very beneficial to those looking to ward off dementia.
Dancing can be beneficial to your health by reducing stress and stimulating the mind. From freestyle dancing to ballroom dancing, any type of dancing for therapy works your entire body. Especially when you have to remember your steps, you are able to exercise your body and your mind at the same time. Cognitive therapy is the greatest risk reduction for dementia and dancing is a great cognitive activity that you can do that is also fun! Dancing uses several brain functions, which helps increase the connectivity and feel emotion.
For dementia patients, dancing is a great way to socialize and gives them something to look forward to. Dancing requires decision making, which is a good activity for those suffering with dementia to work the brain. You have to use it or you will lose it! It is also a great physical activity that should be done frequently. If you decide to dance with your partner or friends, it is also a great bonding experience, while being able to exercise your mind and body as well. You can always take a class to learn new moves and to challenge yourself.
Not only is dancing a great therapy, music is as well. It can be uplifting and take patients back to pleasant memories. Dancing and listening to music is something that should be encouraged, not just for dementia patients, but for everyone!
At SMART Brain Aging, we can help you mitigate the onset of dementia with cognitive therapy. In addition to your dancing, cognitive therapy can be very beneficial to your brain health. Contact us today to learn how we can help you mitigate the onset of dementia by up to 2.25 years!
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