Learn to Dance it could Improve Your Health and Social Life
Last week my wife and I were invited to a Ballroom Dancing Competition. The competitors ranged from 6 years to 80 years of age. There was a great energy in the hall and the women looked extremely glamorous while the men looked very elegant in their black tails, black patent leather shoes and bow tie.
My feet was itching to go on the floor and dance. Actually my wife and I had the chance to dance when the judges had a break. The spectators were allowed on the floor for 30 minutes. What was interesting to see, was that every couple on the floor were gazing into each others eyes, they were smiling and laughing but they got their feet moving.
Today I want to discuss the health benefits of Dancing. An article in the British News Paper dated 14th October 2108 confirms that dancing has tremendous health benefits. Doctors in the United Kingdom have now prescribed dancing lessons on the National Health Service to combat loneliness and depression.
UK Postal workers have also been encouraged to check on people who are living on their own and have not spoken to a relative or friend for over a month. They will be encouraged to chat to isolated residents and even suggest to them that they join local community groups. The scheme will be tested out first in Liverpool and Whitby, it could then be rolled out nationwide.
Theresa May the ex Prime Minister of the United Kingdom stated that Elderly people could be prescribed ballroom dancing or cookery classes on the NHS for social reasons.
Instead of dishing out pills. Doctors are asked to encourage patients who are lonely to join social clubs, dancing clubs etc anything social would help their mental outlook. The UK government has launched the loneliness strategy because of concerns that loneliness has become a serious public health threat.
It’s a sad fact that a survey suggests that 200,000 senior citizens have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month. The Government is pumping £1.8 million in extra funding to create new community cafés and gardens to encourage people to meet socially.
One fifth of UK adults feel lonely most or all of the time, and as we all know and evidence has suggested that loneliness is not conducive for health just as obesity or smoking. Government sources said the strategy will save millions in the long run by preventing other health problems to surface.
The critics are not so sure and are likely to ask that families should be taking more responsibility when it comes to relatives living on their own.
Ex Pensions minister Baroness Altmann said : ‘This is a sad reflection on what has happened in our society if a doctor needs to prescribe classes and courses so people can meet other people.
‘Sadly, younger generations aren’t often taking the time to bother with older generations. I’m not sure prescribing cookery classes will make a huge difference.’
The UK Prime Minister Mrs May praised murdered MP Jo Cox who campaigned to end loneliness. ‘Loneliness is a reality for too many people in our society today,’ the Prime Minister wrote. ‘It can affect anyone of any age and background. Across our communities, there are people who can go for days, weeks or even a month without seeing a friend or family member.
The question we need to ask is whether Jo Cox was right to highlight loneliness as a social injustice along with childhood obesity and mental well being which is proving to be a big public health challenge.
In conclusion, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance stated that if this can be shown to reduce pressure on GP surgeries and A&E departments, it may well prove to be a good idea.
I personally think dancing is a form of exercise as well as a stress reliever. You connect with others on a social level. You get out of the house. You make friends, you become empathic and theres’ always laughter with the group. I took up ballroom dancing lessons in my teens. I become fully alive when I can dance the waltz, the quickstep, my slow fox trot needs a bit of working on, its been years since I danced. Perhaps its time to go back to social dancing.
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