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South Ga. couple uses dance to stay healthy

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A South Georgia couple said that dancing keeps them healthy and helps them with chronic pain. 

Studies have shown dancing can help with mental function, and help to prevent diseases like Alzheimer's. 

There's nothing Gary and Marilyn Fowler love more than dancing. 

They do it all, and it doesn't matter which style, they always have a good time. 

"Any dance, as long as I dancing, I'm happy," said Marilyn.

And it keeps them in good shape both mentally and physically. 

"I have arthritis, I have Fibromyalgia, it helps me to stay limber, its helps my emotional feelings, it helps my physical feelings, and I enjoy being with her, and dancing, so we just have a blast," explained Gary.

Michelle Oaks owns the Cakery, but teaches couples to dance in her spare time, and said it's a great way to stay healthy throughout life. "Your working your feet, your mind, your arms, everything," said Oaks.

Some studies have even shown there's a major reduction in the risk of getting dementia for those who participate in ballroom dancing frequently. 

"Alzheimer's has affected both our families. Both sides, my father, Alzheimer's, it took him from us, my mother now has Alzheimer's, and other members of our family so we know what it does to you," explained Gary. 

And the two plan to dance for as long as they can. 

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