With all the recent research about the benefits of dance, the show should be retitled: “Dancing with Parkinson’s“
In a study from the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Katzman demonstrated that dancing had the greatest risk reduction of dementia any activity studied, cognitive or physical. Dancing may be beneficial from the active learning combined with physical activity needed to do it – the cognitive benefits may be from rewiring of neural synapses.
While you are dancing, you are making decisions, increasingly your mental acuity and creating complexity in the neural synapses
Pretty interesting, huh? I have a few most specific posts coming up (tango! ballet! even irish!) so stay tuned.
HERE‘s a link to a great organization in Montreal, Canada that offers Dance to people with Parkinson’s
HERE‘s a link to a Dance for Parkinson’s program from The Mark Morris Dance Group, the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group and the Bronx House Community Center
Happy Dancing! much love.