Seniors getting jiggy with it

Research suggests that elderly should waltz three times a week to reduce their risk of falls. Even if walking or cycling is good for health as well it doesn’t bring the advantages of a dance.

Professor Tracey Howe, of Glasgow Caledonian University, said: “Interestingly, we found that walking and cycling generally do not improve balance, although they have many other beneficial effects. What you have to do is combine activities, such as carrying things while walking or dancing which involves using various parts of the body. It is well worth the elderly putting their favourite music on at home and having a little jig.”

To achieve the effects the exercise should be repeated at least three times a week. “Falls involving the elderly often result in fractures and lead to victims losing their confidence and independence, so as we get older we must do more to retain our balancing skills.”

The key to good mobility is keeping your balance, which is a complex task which requires the co-ordination between a person’s muscles and sensors within the nervous system.


Silverevolution found this beautiful example of how it can be done:


About Claudia Olsson

Claudia Olsson is the Managing Director of ACCESS Health International Southeast Asia, working on elderly care and innovations for the aging world. Contact her at

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