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Emotional Grit with Guest Laura Sorenson: The Science of Dancing, Music and Nostalgia In Healthcare.

Did you know studies have shown that the general pain relief associated with coordinated group exercise lasts much longer if that group exercise involves dancing to music? Or that music can improve mood, reduce agitation, stimulate cognitive abilities, and help facilitate motor functions? That’s why there are stories of people with Parkinson’s disease who can dance, yet have a hard time walking. It’s also why people with dementia can seem less agitated when hearing their favorite songs. In this episode, Laura speaks about a dance class for elders where music from the big band era to Frank Sinatra or Broadway musicals to Motown and jazz singers, not only stimulates feelings of nostalgia, but can literally help people physically.

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