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The health benefits of dancing for seniors range from improving your physical health to creating strong social connections that increase your sense of well-being.

Dance isn’t just a social activity. It is actively used by the medical community as a form of therapy. In the 1940s, dance was taught to traumatized veterans of World War II, helping them express their emotions and work through trauma and stress. Today, dance is used to treat conditions ranging from eating disorders to depression.

Dancing, however, does not benefit only young people. The health benefits of dancing for seniors range from improving your physical health to creating strong social connections that increase your sense of happiness and well-being.

Speaking of dances and just having fun, your LifeSpan Center, with the help of AARP, Health Alliance and the Alamo, is hosting a Hollywood Glamour Senior Prom for those 50 and older. The event is on Friday, June 28, from 5-8 p.m.. Tickets are available only at your LifeSpan Center for $5. Only 150 tickets are available and sales end Friday, June 21.

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As you enter your LifeSpan Center on a red carpet, pictures will be taken, a DJ will be playing music that you and your date can dance to, and you can enjoy food provided by the Alamo Steakhouse and Saloon.

If you need transportation to the dance, call Dial-A-Ride at 217-639-5196 at least 2 days prior to the event.

The LifeSpan Center is located at 11021 E. County Road 800N, Charleston. The telephone number is (217) 639-5150. The numbers for the programs are as follows: Coles County Telecare -- (217) 639-5166; Family Care Giver Resource Center -- (217) 639-5168 and Dial A Ride -- (217) 639-5169 or 1-800-500-5505. See you at your LifeSpan Center.

Come join us each weekday at noon for “Lunch at LifeSpan.” Peace Meals are served Monday through Friday at a suggested donation of $3.50. To register, reserve a lunch or learn more, contact Peace Meal at (217) 348-1800.

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