New Study Encourages Older Adults to Dance to Decrease Likelihood of Falls

One of the advantages of dancing is that it can improve balance and reduce fall risk. (Photo via

Studies have identified dancing as a highly effective method for reducing fall risk, with risk reduction of 53% observed in those who dance three or more times per week.

Zurich, Switzerland (ADH News) – Is dancing a preferred activity for the elderly members of your family? The elderly have less muscle and strength, which means they have more chances to fall down. According to the “dance-based mind-motor activities” study, balance ability and gait are important risk factors for elderly falls down.

Fall down is one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury for people over 65. Research author Michele Mattle focuses on: Are dance-based mind-motor activities associated with benefits for fall prevention and better physical functions, such as balance, mobility, and strength, in healthy adults 65 years and older?

“As we get older, the ability to perform more than two actions at the same time (such as walking and talking at the same time) will decrease. During walking, when an accident occurs, a fall down may occur. At this time, you need to Respond quickly. Balance training can help people react faster when they lose control,” Michele Mattle said.

“The movements in dance-based mind-motor [activities] are intentional, focused, and involve the constant attention control for the shifting of body weight.”

According to statistics, about 30% of older adults need treatment after falling down, and 7% may cause fractures. Young people also have risks after they fall down. Dancing once a week can reduce fall risk by 37%, and dancing 3 times a week can reduce fall risk by 53%. This study provides an effective way to prevent the risk of fall down and encourages older adults to dance and exercise!

Everyone knows the importance of exercise, but older adults have insufficient mobility and slow movements, so they may choose to give up exercise. This is a dangerous thing! Because not exercising will lead to faster deterioration of physiological functions.

If you don’t like sports, try dancing! Dance to train balance and increase physical mobility. The researchers reminded that if the exercise frequency is higher and the training time exceeds 12 to 24 weeks, the results of improving physical condition and preventing fall down can be obtained.

In addition to dancing, walking is also a good exercise. For those who are just beginning to exercise regularly, walking can train exercise habits and perseverance. The elderly can dance or take a walk with a group of people, increase social activities and exercise, and make life full of motivation and vitality.

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