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101-year-old Woman Reveals Her Secret to Longevity is Dancing Every Day

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This 101-year-old woman says the secret to keeping herself young and healthy includes daily ballet moves on the barre.

Dinkie Flowers is one of the oldest women in the UK and is eager to offer her tips for longevity.

“I couldn’t live without dancing and I think it’s what’s kept me young and happy.”

“It sounds hard, but it’s never too late to start,” said the former professional dancer. “Once you know what you’re doing and being taught by a teacher you’d love it.”

She started dancing at the age of three, and still teaches lessons at her dance school called Dinkie Flowers Stage School to this day.

“I just love dancing, I always have and I always will. I’d advise anyone—and everyone—to start dancing to keep your body and mind young.

“Everyday I go and dance in the studio. The work you do keeps your body supple.”

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Exercise Alters Brain Chemistry to Protect Aging Synapses, Study Finds

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When elderly people stay active, their brains have more of a class of proteins that enhances the connections between neurons to maintain healthy cognition, a UC San Francisco study has found.

This protective impact was found even in people whose brains at autopsy were riddled with toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

“Our work is the first that uses human data to show that synaptic protein regulation is related to physical activity and may drive the beneficial cognitive outcomes we see,” said Kaitlin Casaletto, PhD, an assistant professor of neurology and lead author on the study.

The beneficial effects of physical activity on cognition have been shown in mice but have been much harder to demonstrate in people.

Casaletto, a neuropsychologist and member of the Weill Institute for Neurosciences, worked with William Honer, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and senior author of the study, to leverage data from the Memory and Aging Project at Rush University in Chicago. That project tracked the late-life physical activity of elderly participants, who also agreed to donate their brains when they died.

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