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Dance for Health Starts February 25th at Ralston Center
Ralston Center and Penn Memory Center partner to offer intergenerational dance program to promote brain health

Philadelphia, Pa., February 2, 2017 — Ralston Center and Penn Memory Center are partnering to offer Dance for Health, a program of intergenerational weekly dance sessions and monthly social activities for those 55 years of age and older. With the support of a Penn Medicine CAREs grant, the program runs from February 25 to through June 3, 2107, and is free and open to the public. Local high school students will participate with older adults in the weekly dance sessions.

The sessions will promote brain health through dance and intergenerational connections. Some of the most active areas of research in risk reduction and prevention include exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and keeping socially and mentally engaged.

Over the past five years, Dance for Health has brought together nearly 500 dancers since Dr. Terri Lipman of Penn Nursing launched the program. The new program, led by PMC Director for Diversity in Research and Education, Tigist Hailu, will focus on getting older adults to stay physically active and connected to the West Philadelphia community.

Dynamic and engaging instructor David Earley will lead the classes and engage participants in active recovery during breaks. In addition to having fun while line dancing, participants can look forward to developing strong connections to other group members.
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Where: The Ralston Center, 3615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

When: Every Saturday between February 25 and June 3, 2017 (except May 27, Memorial Day Weekend)

To Register: Contact Tigist Hailu, Director for Diversity in Research and Education, at 215-573-6095 or tigist.hailu@uphs.upenn.edu. Deadline to register is February 22, 2017.

For more information, http://pennmemorycenter.org/programs-services/dance-for-health/