Ballroom dancing helps Alzheimer’s patients remember

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Seniors are dancing away dementia by activating their minds and bodies at the same time.

Frequent participating in ballroom dancing led to a 76 percent risk reduction of dementia, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

And the AARP reports people with Alzheimer’s are able to recall forgotten memories when they dance to music they used to know.

That’s good news for the estimated 5.2 million Americans living with the disease.

At the Fred Astaire Dance Studio on the Upper East Side, several students have been dancing for more than 20 years – and some are taking their healing onto the dance floor.