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Adventures in Retirement – Rock N’ Rollin’ for fitness beneficial for seniors

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Senior Living

Published on September 19, 2018 with No Comments

   It might surprise some seniors to know that rock and roll dancing can improve fitness and fun, and thus is good for your health.   More than just a fun activity, it is also a great form of exercise. 

   I am in pretty good shape through skiing and other activities, but a few years ago my wife talked me into taking ballroom dancing lessons.  Each one-hour session, one day a week, exhausted me.  

Can it be that you can have fun dancing for exercise?  Several senior friends of mine, who have a variety of health issues, dance all the time. Without exception, they are physically fit and active in all aspects of their lives.

Here in Northwest Indiana, there are many opportunities for seniors to do rock and roll dancing or ballroom or other styles of dancing.  Local newspapers, including some neighborhood papers, list dances from time to time.

One of my favorites is “Jim Dandy,” a disk jockey who specializes in fifties and sixties music, mainly rock and roll. Recent dances have been held from time to time on Saturday nights at St. Sava Hall in Merrillville.

Other dancing opportunities include dancing at Jean Shepard Community Center in Hammond and St. George Hall in Schererville. A local musical group, “Together” plays Latin rock, Big Band, rhythm and blues and other types of music; they appear at various venues.

Watch for information in the newspapers.  Also, the following are email addresses and/or websites for information about dances.  Most of them will send emails about schedules for dances if you request them. Note that some are also connected to dance studios.

Jim Dandy (jimokelly@yahoo.com)

Ballroom Dancing with jack and Maryann (jackamania@att.net)

Carol Shepard (chacha6539@yahoo.com)

Al and Patty Kolvek, Dance Sophisticates (dance@dancesophisticates.com)

Wayne Para, Five Star DJ Service (fivestardjwjp@aol.com)

“Together” Band (www.togethermusic.com)

Lonny Z, New Horizon Singles Club (lonnyz@comcast.net)

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bill Leavitt is a retired technical writer from Valparaiso and the author of a guide book to successful and active retirement entitled “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure.”  The book can also be purchased for $13 (plus Indiana sales tax) at the following locations: Suzie’s Café in Valparaiso, Remarkable Book Shop in Merrillville, and the Visitor’s Center in Hammond (just off the Borman Expressway).  For more information, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com.

 

 

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com for more information.

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