BEVERLY MCCOMBS FOUNDATION - DANCE FOR COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT wrote -
A foundation for research is looking to fight Alzheimer's disease through an unexpected activity: ballroom dancing.
The Beverly McCombs Foundation – Dance for Cognitive Enhancement (DanCE) is trying to build on a study that saw evidence that dancing could reduce the risk of dementia. Bruce McCombs cited the 21-year study, “Leisure Activity and the Risk of Dementia,” spearheaded by Dr. Joe Verghese of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as part of his inspiration to further research dancing as a remedy.
The study evaluated 11 physical activities including bowling, dancing, swimming, tennis and walking. The only one that turned out to have a reduced risk of dementia was dancing. Right now, (dancing) makes a lot of sense anecdotally, but there are almost no studies that show how social dance can change the neuro-pathways in the brain and until the study is completed, we won’t have the scientific proof we need.
Beverly's fiery red hair and zest for life, lead to her nickname - Steamboat. She worked her way through the University of Texas, raised three children as a single mom and became the first woman promoted to vice president at the largest bank in Dallas, Texas. Bruce McCombs, a former competitive ballroom dancer, started the foundation after his mother, Steamboat, lost her nine-year battle with Alzheimer’s.
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