Ron Hirschberg, MD, is a firm believer is the healing power of music. More specifically, the ability of recalling stories and turning them into songs to help improve symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
You don’t need to know a pirouette from a pas de deux to benefit from ballet, according to a recent study of older Australians.
A recent study conducted by researchers from Queensland University of Technology, with the assistance of instructors from the Queensland Ballet, followed a group of older men and women as they participated in 10 ballet for seniors classes. Participants in the study had no formal dance training.
By the end of the study, participants reported experiencing:
The physical benefits of dance on aging bodies is well-established, but this study also noted the joy and social connections that formed in just 10 weekly dance classes. Researchers suggest that such dance classes be encouraged more often as exercise options for older and younger adults, given the positive impacts on energy, flexibility, fitness and mental outlook.
This article originally appeared in Mind, Mood & Memory, a publication of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, dedicated to maintaining mental fitness for middle age and beyond.
- Oct | 22 | 2020
“Our goal with this triathlon—and the Medicine in Motion group—is to reduce burnout by building community through fitness and philanthropy,” says Logan Briggs, fourth year Harvard Medical School student and co-founder of Medicine in Motion.
- Oct | 14 | 2020
On Wednesday, October 14, Greg Fricchione, MD, associate chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General, spoke about how to maintain good mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are five tips from his lecture.
- Sep | 23 | 2020
Since the 21st century in the United States, evidence has shown an increasing trend in problematic alcohol use and alcohol use disorders, most notably in older adults. This presentation reviews the epidemiology, socioeconomics and neurocognitive impact of alcohol use disorders in older adults.
- Sep | 22 | 2020
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- Sep | 22 | 2020
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