One spunky grandmother showed that age is nothing but a number in an adorable video that left people watching the video in awe. As people get older, many of them slow down and activities of the past, such as dancing, become a part of their history. Grandma Franklin’s dancing days clearly aren’t over yet, as she proved at the annual Franklin Family Talent Show.
The dancing 85-year-old showed she’s got a lot of years left to shake it, easily keeping up with her granddaughter during a performance of the Cupid Shuffle. Grandma Franklin has moves for days, so look out! She’s especially adorable when she takes a turn and gives her backside a wiggle!
No doubt the crowd-pleasing dance routine won over the family members cheering her on, but did the epic routine win the family talent show?
This grandmother is anything but boring and it’s clear to see that she isn’t feeling the least bit of her 85 years old.
Dancing is a terrific activity for the elderly, as SeniorsMatter.com shared the results of elderly studies conducted on the impacts of the activity on the older population. According to the site, the benefits of dancing are both physical and mental, as the study found that elderly people who dance improve their motor skills, balance, and cognitive skills.
The site notes: “In a six-month study following a group of elderly people who took part in a one-hour-a-week dance class, the following positive changes were noted as to how dancing benefits the elderly: Better posture, quicker reaction times, more agility, sharper minds, and better overall sense of well being.”
In regards to the benefits for the brain, the site notes: “The combination of cognitive coordination with the muscles is like a complete workout inside out. A dancing person’s brain must cooperate with the muscles to create what is called muscle memory, allowing the person to move fluidly. Regular practice of this hobby can help minimize the risk of cognitive decline as a person ages.”
In 2017, a study in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience journal found that elderly people who exercised regularly could reverse the signs of aging in the brain.
Dr. Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author of the study, based at the German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg, Germany explained: “Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity. In this study, we show that two different types of physical exercise (dancing and endurance training) both increase the area of the brain that declines with age. In comparison, it was only dancing that lead to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance.”
Earlier this year, a video showing a nurse dancing with an elderly patient in a Memphis nursing home drew cheers about the older woman’s delighted reaction. One person noted: “What a wonderful and lovely gentleman. Just look at the lovely smile on her face. That is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you very very much for making this lady and the others so so happy.”