Keep dancing: The health & well-being benefits of dance for older people


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Year of Publication:
2011

Publisher(s):
BUPA

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This report draws together the key health benefits of dance for older people. It notes that: older people do not get enough exercise; this matters because physical activity improves both health and life expectancy; dance benefits the body and the mind; and taking part in dance improves the mental health of older people including reaction times and cognitive performance.

It shows that there is considerable and emerging evidence of the benefits of dance as an exercise option for older people. Bupa believes that supporting organisations that provide dance activities for older people in the community, in care homes and hospitals, can make a major contribution to better physical and mental wellbeing of the growing numbers of older people in the population.



Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Dance

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Centre for Policy on Ageing. (2011). Keep dancing: The health & well-being benefits of dance for older people. London: BUPA.