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A new government program is helping seniors tackle dementia and Alzheimer’s through dance, exercise, and activities and it’s winning praise throughout the country. Making the effort to get off the couch and get the body moving can be tiresome, especially when you’re limited to repetitive activities like walking around the block or swimming laps, which is why many spritely seniors are embracing this new initiative.

The program organises free and low-cost access to a range of gyms and sports centres for seniors who want to exercise but may have been held back in the past due to the high cost of gym memberships and classes. With the new program, seniors can dance the night away or work up a healthy sweat in a group exercise class without having to worry about breaking the bank.

Exercise has been proven to help ward off diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s by up to 50 per cent as it gets the blood circulating and increases mental stimulation.

Sport and recreation development officer Darrin Yates told the ABC the program isn’t just about keeping the body and mind active, there’s a fun social side to it as well.

“People who have recently retired, sometimes they can take a while to get set into their new retired life and this is a great way to do it; to meet new people or connect with old friends again,” he said.

The program is currently available in NSW, with many people hoping it will spread to other parts of the country soon.

Would you participate in this program if it was available to you? What’s your favourite way to exercise?

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  1. I sure would I’m going through this with my Mother right now but she has just turned 98 years old.We could be the lucky one’s!!!

  2. The YMCA used to have that gov paid membership for seniors you only paid a couole of dollars a week in Melbourne anyway

  3. Hope Queensland gets on board. I go to tap dancing for seniors every week, great exercise and also good for your brain.

  4. I belong to an exercise group in the Joondalup area of Perth which caters to the over 50’s for $4 a session, followed by games then ‘morning tea’ which is more like lunch (share a plate). Proper trainer takes us for an hour.

  5. I would love to attend a old time/slower type dance…great exercise…hope it happens in NSW on the north coast.

  6. Anyone know any dance classes or clubs for over 60s? Would love to learn to jive or something anyway? Really keen and live in Brisbane. Thanks

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    • Thanks Susan

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      • Why not learn to dance at Murarrie Progress Hall Friday nights from 6.30-8.00pm . Bring your partner and learn Choreographed social ballroom dancing. New dancer introductory course starts this Friday 5th February.

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