FUN AND HEALTHY

FUN AND HEALTHY — Senior citizens gather every Friday morning at 10 at the Eddie Cox Senior Center to line dance. Obion County Senior Citizens Center director Margaret Ashley said it is a growing program and they have found they’ve had to start moving even more tables and chairs to make room for dancing as the program grows. Line dancing can have healthy benefits for senior citizens. In addition to being fun, it can also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to a 21-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Line dancing can help reduce stress, increase energy and improve strength. This leads to increased muscle tone, a lowered risk for heart disease, improved cholesterol levels, strengthened bones, reduced blood pressure and better weight management. The website countrylinedancingmusic.com says line dancing is great for seniors because they don’t need a partner, they can have fun and make new friends and they can boost their confidence by doing something new. For more information about the line dancing class or other programs offered by the center, call Mrs. Ashley at 885-1246.

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