Lifestyle

Waltzing beats falling

Ballroom dancing devotees John and Nella Devoy of Lismore dance at the Italo Australian Club.
Ballroom dancing devotees John and Nella Devoy of Lismore dance at the Italo Australian Club. Jacklyn Wagner

IT'S time to get those dancing shoes on.

Whether it's a romantic waltz, a feisty foxtrot or a bit of rock'n'roll, there are now more reasons than ever to hit the dance floor.

University of Sydney research has found that regular dancing classes improve balance and strength in elderly people, preventing falls and other health complications.

Dancing is so good for you, the study claims, that elderly people should dance at least twice a week.

Lismore's John and Nella Devoy have been dancing professionally and socially for decades, so they already know about the mental and fitness benefits.

They spend a lot of time teaching dancing to people of all ages.

"It's a way to use your muscles and your body in a positive way," Mr Devoy said.

"Dancing is all about poise, posture, walking correctly and having good balance.

"You use your brain and your body. We always see great improvements in the people we teach.

"A lot of people, elderly people in particular, think they can't dance but some of our students are well into their 70s.

"You don't have to be a spring chicken to dance and see benefits."

The University of Sydney research has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and will be led by Dr Dafna Merom.

She said falls were one of the most common health problems affecting older people.

"Dance is a complex sensory motor rhythmic activity. It also has cognitive and social dimensions," she said.

"This can simultaneously address a wide range of physiological and cognitive risk factors that contribute to falls."

 

DARE TO DANCE

  • Improves balance, strength, poise and social skills.
  • Dancing could reduce the incidence of falls for elderly people by as much 37%.
  • Try at least two dancing sessions a week to see results.

Topics:  dancing elderly people old age



Highway traffic changes that you need to know about

The upgrade map of the Teven to Pimlico section of the Pacific Highway.

Speed limits are being reduced and there are some delays expected

6 new estates to build a home on the Northern Rivers

Land estates are available now on the Northern Rivers with some stages opening up soon.

Looking for a place to put down roots and raise a family?

Ward and Brown overlooked while O'Brien highlighted

Actors Bryan Brown and wife Rachel Ward had to wait while local editor David Kirkpatrick and family had dinner.

Latest column Northern Exposure keeps you up-to-date

Local Partners

Highway traffic changes that you need to know about

SPEED limits are being reduced and there are some delays expected as part of upgrade works on the Pacific Highway.


Northern Rivers murder mystery takes out award at Flickerfest

MURDER MYSTERY: Northern Rivers young actress Yasmin Honeychurch in a still from the award-wiining film In a Canefield by Emily Avila and Coralie Tapper.

Finding'little star' brought film shoot to the region.

Join the challenge to Live Life Large this Friday

Deborah and Neil Marks have been inspired by Jodie's Inspiration to Live Life Large.

Business owner's invitation to join her on Jodie's Inspiration hike

Things to do with your kids these school holidays

Founder of byron4kids, Michelle Ruthven, with her children.

One mother made it her task to help families discover what's on

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Northern Rivers murder mystery takes out award at Flickerfest

MURDER MYSTERY: Northern Rivers young actress Yasmin Honeychurch in a still from the award-wiining film In a Canefield by Emily Avila and Coralie Tapper.

Finding'little star' brought film shoot to the region.

Will there be a Game of Thrones spin-off?

Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in a scene from season six episode 10 of Game of Thrones.

HBO’S original programming president has teased fans.

Ed Sheeran's intimate gigs down under

Singer Ed Sheeran

CHART-topper playing invite-only shows in Australia next month.

Eddie McGuire's scandal-free focus and new-look Hot Seat

Eddie McGuire hosts the new Millionaire Hot Seat Super Game.

HOST wants out of the hot seat himself to focus on game show revamp.

Embattled Amber Sherlock back on TV after leaked video

Amber Sherlock seems to have brushed off the leaked video

6 new estates to build a home on the Northern Rivers

Land estates are available now on the Northern Rivers with some stages opening up soon.

Looking for a place to put down roots and raise a family?

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Should we be worried about 'For lease' signs in CBD?

Tommys is among the most recent businesses to close its doors in Lismore's CBD.

Tommys Tavern among the latest businesses to close

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!