Sunday, 14 July 2019

Benefits of dancing: Happy feet, healthy brains and better balance

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A 2017 German report in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience analysed brain scans from subjects who were on average 68 years old and engaged in either interval training or social dance. The study found that while both activities increased the size of the hippocampus, a region of the brain critical for learning, memory and equilibrium, only dance improved balance.

These results echo those of a 2008 Journal of Aging and Physical Activity study by Patricia McKinley of McGill University in which seniors participated in a tango dance programme. The report showed that long-term tango dancing was associated with better balance and gait in older adults. Since falls are the top cause of injury and death among elderly people, dancing can be a potent tool in extending one’s life.


Freebies Singapore: The Ultimate List of Places to Get Free Food, Concerts, Parking & More

Singaporeans love to complain about the high cost of living, yet we rarely bother to take advantage of the free stuff that is actually available in the country.

Hey, we may not have free healthcare, but at least we have the following. Make life on the island a tad less expensive by grabbing as many of these freebies as you can.

Link for the freebies:

In addition to the places provided above, the following links of free and subsidisded medical care and free food are from my own compilations.

1. Free food in Singapore

2. Free medical clinics - updated Sept 2018

3. Subsidised medical clinics - updated Sept 2018
This may not be free medical clinics, but you just need to pay a few dollars for the medicine as the service is free.

Exceptional people: Two brothers whose organ donations change lives and Singapore's medical history

Lin Hanwei (L), Dilun (R)

The Lin brothers not only share a love for football, they also recently made Singapore's medical history as the first pair of siblings to have donated their organs to complete strangers while alive.

In May, Lin Hanwei, 36, a financial services director with AXA Insurance, had donated part of his liver to a fellow Singaporean after chancing upon a plea on Facebook.

Seven years earlier, Hanwei’s younger brother, Dilun, now 34, had also donated his kidney to a complete stranger - a seven-year-old boy - at the same hospital.

It was the first instance of a kidney donation from a living donor unrelated to the recipient by family links in Singapore.