Can ballroom dance prevent Alzheimer's disease? According to the research, it may help. Studies indicate that ballroom dancing and other stimulating activities may lower the risk of cognitive decline. More importantly, they greatly enhance quality of life, which is something that dementia steals from Alzheimer's patients and their families.
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) reports that 35.6 million people worldwide have some type of dementia. This number is expected to triple by 2050. Alzheimer's disease (AD), a debilitating brain disease, is the most common form of dementia. Not only does it cause memory problems, but it also affects thinking, behavior and personality.
While the risk of Alzheimer's disease increases with age, it is not "old timer's disease" or "old age senility" as some people call it. It is not a normal part of aging at all, and it can affect people as young as their 30s and 40s. AD robs people of their whole essence, ravishing both the mind and body. The degenerative disease is a terminal illness with no cure.
Can this dreaded disease be prevented? This question is one that intrigues doctors, scientists and researchers, and there are no clear-cut answers. The Alzheimer's Association and other groups continue to fund research on the development and progress of dementia. This is where ballroom dancing and other leisure activities come in.