Cognitive Benefits of Social Dancing and Walking in Old Age: The Dancing Mind Randomized Controlled Trial May, 2016
Therapeutic Argentine Tango Dancing for People with Mild Parkinson’s Disease: A Feasibility Study July, 2015
Feasibility of Delivering a Dance Intervention for SubAcute Stroke in a Rehabilitation Hospital Setting March, 2015
New framework for rehabilitation – fusion of cognitive and physical rehabilitation: the hope for dancing Feb. 2015
The latest here:
- Falls are a leading cause of morbidity, healthcare utilizes and mortality.
- Dance is a popular form of physical activity among older people and previous research has suggested that it may enhance various health outcomes in this population, including balance, gait and muscle performance.
- A systematic review of the potential benefits of dance on falls and fear of falling is lacking.
- Therefore, they led a systematic review considering all randomized controls trials (RCTs) researching if dance can decrease falls and improve fear of falling in older adults.
- Major databases were sought from inception until 1 March 2017 and a total of 10 RCTs were recognized, which included a total of 680 people (n = 356 dance, n = 324 control).
- Overall, the mean age of the samples was 69.4 years, and 75.2% were female.
- Across four RCTs, dance therapy reduced falls versus usual care in only one study.
- They found dance therapy improved fear of falling in two out of three included RCTs.
- There were no serious adverse events reported in the RCTs.