98-year-old Bonita Springs woman stays young thanks to love of dance



A man close to a hundred years old got her groove.

After such a long life, Lola Jean Copeland’s memories aren’t what they used to be, but when she’s dancing, she lives in the moment and loves what she does.

She may be 98 but don’t call Lola Jean old.

“I dance the way someone plays cards. It’s a weekly routine,” she said. “I dance whenever I can because it’s more fun than exercise.”

From slower waltz to fast-paced foxtrot, at Lola Jean’s age, memorizing dance moves and staying active are all good things to help her memory and health.

“Move it or lose it,” says Lola Jean.

The dance also brought back old memories.

“There are dances that are always in war and soldiers will come to join the dance,” she said.

Lola Jean’s dance teacher said she was his most spiritual student.

“She was so explosive doing this dance and she was really dancing; Stefan Zhidkov, instructor and founder of Enchanted Ballroom in Bonita Springs, said. “She’s continuing to learn what I thought was unbelievable.”

What is her secret to a long life?

“I don’t know if it’s the dancing egg or the morning egg,” says Lola Jean. “Or beer every night!”

Studies show that dancing helps with cognitive function, heart health, and reduces stress. 98-year-old Bonita Springs woman stays young thanks to love of dance

Aila Slisco

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