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Louie Schepers

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

The Oct. 6, 2021, News Tribune had an article about this terrible disease. I am sure we all know someone who has it or has had it. No cure has been found yet. Many people do Sudoku, crossword puzzles, or other brain games in the hope they won't get dementia. There is one exercise that has shown to be somewhat effective for keeping people from getting dementia. That exercise is dancing. There was an article in Sunday's paper, Oct. 3, that stated by monitoring rates of dementia in senior citizens over a 21-year period they found none of the other physical activities — golf, walking, biking, swimming — seemed to have much impact on the risk of dementia. Dancing frequently, according to the study, led to a 76 percent reduced risk of developing dementia.

We have some great places to dance here in Jefferson City: Windstone, Capital Ritz, American Legion. They have dancing on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and sometime Sunday. If you think you don't know how to dance, don't worry, someone will help you. Also, you can take lessons at Capital Ritz. If you are single, no problem. Do it for your health it will make you feel so much better and it may keep you from getting dementia.

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