Radio forum to spotlight exercising brains with music

Exercise is important for all people as they age, but a recent study found that more exercise is associated with lower mortality for those with balance disorders.

Dr. Marsha Melnick will present “Exercise Your Brain With Music,” a WOW! Working on Wellness radio forum from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, KSQM 91.5 FM.

Exercise intensity, program organizers note, is not as important as frequency. Dance is one form of exercise that has proven effective because the complex dance steps help with maintaining movement. A study at Albert Einstein Medical Center found that dance could make all of us smarter and help decrease our risk of dementia, they said.

Melnick will talk about her dance program on the Olympic Peninsula and explain why dance works and how to get started

A physical therapist working as an independent contractor in Sequim, Melnick treats those with Parkinson’s disease as well as balance disorders, strokes and multiple sclerosis. She is a Professor Emerita and Clinical Professor at the University of California and San Francisco State University Graduate Program in physical therapy.

Throughout her career, she has specialized in treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction, particularly Parkinson’s disease.

WOW! Working on Wellness is a health education program of Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic — Sequim’s free clinic, which provides basic urgent care and chronic health care services to uninsured community members.

The Basic Urgent Care Clinic is open to patients on Monday and Thursday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. Individuals interested in supporting the clinic may call 360-582-0218.