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Bossier Council on Aging helping seniors live the good life

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For months now, we've been showing different ways area seniors are spending their retirement years. Now, Bob Griffin shows us one group who is on the move.

For many, music is an important part of the good life and for many, it's even more enjoyable when it's live and danceable.

The Bossier Council on Aging holds monthly dances at their senior center with a local band Red River Live providing live music. The members of the band aren't what you would call spring chickens. 42 year-old singer Dale Speir is the only member under 50. Bass guitarist Danny Fox is 59, guitarist Mickey Roge is 60, drummer Calvin Joiner is 70 and on the keyboards is 71 year-old Johnny Bullock. As expected, at a seniors dance band, turns out a wide variety of music from out of the past.

"Everything from Sentimental Journey to Stardust, to blues to country, rock, jazz and soul."

The dancers like fast and slow music and from the looks of things, you can tell they lay claim to years of experience. 

"Dancing is a wonderful hobby and recreation. I'm a dancer from way back from a little girl and I've danced all my life and I've loved it. And, my husband, my new husband dances too."

Dancing is a reminder that seniors can still have fun despite their added years.

"I like the exercise. I like the camaraderie, I like people because I'm a people person. You can enjoy life at any age you just have to have a good heart."

And while dancing is fun, it's also good for you.

"It's activity that you're not going to have fun doing anywhere else. Dancing is one of the most important things and the happiest thing and the most fun you can do."

The Bossier Council on Aging holds the dance in the senion center on Bearkat Driver every Thursday with different bands. The dances are open to anyone 60 or over and admission is $7.

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