Do you worry about getting old?
It’s over a hundred years since state pensions first became available yet only 26% of those surveyed in the UK feel that older people have a good quality of life. What about here in Ireland?
Much of our standard of life when retired can come down to preparation and discussion. With mortgage and rent payments going up, it can be difficult for young people to also contribute to a pension but it looks like such contributions may become a necessity. However, if you are worried about old age, remember the old adage “a problem shared is a problem halved” and talk to someone about it. If you have financial worries, talking to an independent advisor may help. If you are concerned about your health, taking action now by talking to your doctor or public health nurse and following their advice, taking regular exercise, doing crossword puzzles or quizzes to keep the mind active – little changes in your life now can make a huge difference to your future.
The Benefits of Dancing
According to this research in this graphic, learning to dance can be the most effective means of keeping up your health as you get older. Dancing can:
- Reduce risk of dementia as it keeps your brain active – it can take a lot of thought to make your legs, arms, body and brain work in sync.
- Increases your mental capacity
- Puts you in a good mood as it boosts your energy and serotonin. It is a form of exercise but you don’t have to go out in the rain or sweat at a gym.
- It will strengthen your bones
- It can improve your cardiovascular health
- Improve your flexibility
- Reduce stress and risk of depression
- Offers good companionship too – whether you are ballroom dancing or line dancing, you’ll be enjoying the companionship of others.
It’s never too late to learn how to dance. If you haven’t got a partner to dance with, see if the local classes have other single people or go to a line dancing class.
Many of us worry about failing health, becoming lonely or running short of money in our old age. Preparing for retirement isn’t just about making pension contributions – it’s also about maintaining mental and physical health and fitness.
Do you dance? Would you like to learn? Do let us know in the comments.