Zumba® may be moving and shaking its way to an assisted living near you.
A full-page advertisement in Aging Well magazine announced the arrival of Zumba® Gold, a lower impact version of the popular fitness program known for its “party-like atmosphere” and “zesty Latin music.”
As seniors comprise the largest growing demographic and benefit greatly from physical activity, the creation of Zumba® Gold is a smart move. Dancing in particular is tremendously advantageous for senior health, as an article from the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity affirms. Per the piece, dancing improves “aerobic power, lower-body muscular endurance, strength, flexibility, balance, agility and gait speed,” not to mention the fact that dancing is a fun social activity that engages the body, mind and spirit.
A previous guest post from Dr. Kevin O’Neil, Brookdale Senior Living’s medical director, further proves dancing’s perks. Finding Senior Wellness in the Ballroom: Dance Your Way to Good Health cites a lower incidence of dementia, healthy stimulation for the heart, a better night’s sleep, and improved mobility on the long list of its wellness virtues.
Senior living providers that are interested in bringing the program to their facilities should check out zumba.com/clubs (there are no licensing fees for facilities).