Girls aren’t the only ones who just want to have fun; dozens of elderly men and women in South Korea are raving about the health benefits of their new day-time disco club.
The dance parties in Seoul are the first events of their kind to be funded by the government in order to combat senior loneliness, isolation, and dementia.
South Korea currently has the fastest aging population of any developed nation in the world. According to a 2016 census, roughly 14% of the country’s population was made up of citizens over the age of 65, amounting to 6.8 million people.
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As the world becomes increasingly aware of the dangerous health risks of loneliness, communities and countries have tried everything from pairing aging nuns with millennials to enlisting the help of mailmen to check up on senior homeowners. One popular UK supermarket chain even launched a “talking tables” initiative for lonely strangers to chat with each other.
This is not the first time that nightclubs have been used to combat senior loneliness—and based on the testimonials from the elderly attendees, it’s not hard to see why.
One South Korean gentleman told BBC in the interview below: “I have a bad back and legs but when the music comes on, my body is immersed in it and all my pain disappears. I’m full of energy for two or three days after this.
“No lie!” he added with a laugh. “I’ve even kicked my drugs and supplements!”
(WATCH the daytime discos in action in the BBC video below) – Photo by BBC
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