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National Dance Day was created in the year 2010 by the co-creator of “So You Think You Can Dance” and the co-president of Dizzy Feet Foundation Nigel Lythgoe. Today, it is considered a yearly celebration that happens in July on the last Saturday of the month. Essentially, this is a grassroots campaign that is designed to encourage Americans to get up and dance and enjoy a positive and fun way to fight obesity and maintain great health.
National Dance Day has even received political recognition from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who is a long-time supporter of healthy lifestyles. While she introduced the resolution to make the last Saturday in July the official Dance Day for the nation, it is not yet been approved; however, this does not mean that participation should not be stifled.
The entire day was created in an effort to promote physical fitness, which is extremely important for seniors. Regular physical activity can lead to a healthier heart, bones that are stronger, and improved appearance. However, as many family caregivers know, regular physical activity offers a number of other benefits for seniors, as well.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, seniors have more to gain than younger individuals when it comes to activity since they are at much higher risk for health issues. These benefits include the following:
- Increase in mental capacity
- Prevention of disease
- Faster healing time
- Improved quality of life
- Increase in balance
- Increase in life expectancy
Remember, when it comes to physical activity for seniors, a little goes a long way. In fact, consistency goes much further than intensity. Research has proven that a senior does not have to engage in constant strenuous exercises in order to gain health benefits. This means that National Dance Day is the perfect opportunity to get up, get moving, and have a little fun. In fact, just 10 minutes a day can be significantly beneficial.
It is also important to keep in mind that it is never too late to get started. In fact, the National Institute of Aging has published reports that clearly show that exercise is not just for younger seniors. In fact people who are eighty and older older will still benefit from getting up and getting moving. While there are some seniors who may need help with this from their senior care provider, just a walk or even five minutes of dancing can make a huge difference in how they feel.
When activity is introduced into a senior’s life, it offers quite a few benefits. Keeping this in mind can help senior care providers to help seniors make the most out of National Dance Day. Get up, move together and have some fun. This is good for everyone no matter their age, but seniors especially can benefit from the increased health, happiness and well-being that moving and grooving has to offer. This National Dance Day everyone should get up and get moving!
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