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At a weekly dance in the local senior citizen’s center, I was dancing with Jenny when she tripped and fell to the floor, landing softly on her behind and then on her back and pulling me down on top of her. As I helped her up, I asked if she was okay. “I know one thing for sure,” Jenny said. “We fell for each other.”


This 80-year old retired teacher dances three or four times every week. She is mentally and physically active. She knows dancing keeps her heart pumping. But she didn’t know dancing also keeps her brains active. A recent study at the Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University in Bronx showed that dancing reduced the risk of dementia, a brain disorder that includes Alzheimer’s disease affecting 6 to 7 million Americans over the age of 60. The result of the research led by.

Dr. Joseph Verghese, assistant professor of neurology, was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in June 2003 (Vol. 348,pp 2508-16).