A new study has been trying to figure out just exactly what can keep a persons memory sharp as they age, and the results have everyone grabbing their dancing shoes!
Dance lessons in particular have a very positive effect on the part of the brain called the fornix which connects the hippocampus to the other areas of the brain. The hippocampus is responsible for your memories so it makes sense that making that connection stronger would help you remember more clearly.
The group of participants who did the choreographed dances saw the biggest improvement to their fornix, although everyone who participating the the study who exercised saw an improvement.
"The message is that we should try not to be sedentary," researcher Aga Burzynska said, "The people who came into our study already exercising showed the least decline."
This research is very important because at the moment there is a new case of dementia diagnosed every four seconds globally. Researchers suspect that by 2050 there will be over 115 million people suffering with dementia.
Anything you can do to lower your risk is great, so pull out your dancing shoes and find a fun class!