Ballroom Dancing & Alzheimer's | The Longest Day

On June 21st, 2018, the longest day of the year and summer solstice, thousands of people will join together to show their love for those affected by Alzheimer's disease. You can be one of them and you can even start right now!

Ballroom dancing has been shown to help prevent Alzheimer's! Dancing involves different brain functions at the same time, such as timely decision making and interpersonal cooperation, thus helping develop more neural pathways. Dancing doesn't just change people's lives--it can help save their lives, too! Studies show that ballroom dancing reduces the risk of Alzheimer's by as much as 76%! Dancing works multiple areas of the brain and stimulates multiple senses. In order  to ensure you start developing those neural paths right away, it's important to start dancing as much as possible as soon as possible. The more regularly you dance, the more you're investing into your overall health! Check out how ballroom dancing changed the course of this woman's life with Alzheimer's!

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How can you help in the fight against Alzheimer's? We are glad you asked! In 2017, Arthur Murray International, Inc., participated in The Longest Day with 16 teams from Northern California, Washington, and Hawaii, raising over $50k! Now, over 65 Arthur Murray Dance Centers around the world are committed to ending Alzheimer’s by raising even more funds and awareness throughout the nation. Arthur Murray International, Inc. is looking to raise $100,00 for the Alzheimer's Accication.  Many individual dance centers are doing their part by donating the the cause and you can contribute as well! For more information about The Longest Day and Arthur Murray's participation visit the Arthur Murray page on The Longest Day website. You may also contact your local Arthur Murray Dance Center and find out how you can get involved in raising money this month by taking dance lessons!

For more information on dancing, Alzheimer's, dementia and the brain, check out these articles:

Dancing Makes You Smarter, Longer

Using Dance Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

Dancing and the Brain

Dancing Can Reverse Signs of Aging in the Brain

How Dancing Can Prevent Alzheimer's

The Best Means of Avoiding Alzheimer's is Dance?

Ballroom Dancing and Alzheimer's

Ready to give your body AND your brain a workout?  Contact your local Arthur Murray Dance Center today and start dancing!

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Information for this article contributed by Nika from Arthur Murray Vernon.