During the winter season in the Phoenix Metro area I go to many ballrooms that are occupied by retired people. They are mostly from Northern climes who are escaping the cold winters. I enjoy it because they dress classy and have old style live bands to dance to. And of course the ladies like having a young gun like me to dance to (I'm 60). See Merrymakers. There are lessons we can learn from dancing with these people (who are almost always over the age of 70). Lesson 1: These people keep in shape both mentally and physically. They are proof that we can dance far into our elder years if we lead healthy life styles. Lesson 2: By the time we get to be that old it's unlikely we will have a spouse. Lonliness is a big problem in retirement villages. Ballroom dancing is an ideal place to hook up or to socialize. Lesson 3: Don't be shortsighted when you are young -- learn to social dance. I can't tell you how many times I hear this story from one of the women: My husband and I danced for 30 years. It was wonderful and romantic, and we danced so good together. We even won competitions together. I danced even better with my pro who died 5 years before my husband died. I have been widowed for 10 years and didn't dance until this year. Unfortunateley I have discovered that most of the men here don't know how to dance. It sure is frustrating! These widows are almost always grateful that I can lead them to a basic waltz or foxtrot, and that I have a sense of rhythm. They are correct that most of the men don't know how to dance, but paradoxically they never put two-and-two together in order understand that they don't know how to social dance either. Many of them obviously didn't do real competitions because so many don't have basics like a frame, and most of them are very hard pressed to execute anything more than about 3 or 4 basics. So the lesson here is that we all get old, and when we do we would be so much better off if we didn't restrict our dancing to competitions or by getting complacent by dancing with a SO for 30 years. Sadly most of these people never take lessons because they are so convinced that it's everybody else that can't dance. Lessons are given in their communities but very few attend. Or maybe it doesn't matter how well they dance because they sure have fun at what they are doing and getting good exercise doing it! I still think they would have more fun if they would take dance lessons, and even better yet if they would have learned to social dance in their early years.