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Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2009 Jul-Aug;49(1):e45-50. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2008.08.006. Epub 2008 Oct 5.

Effects of dance on physical and psychological well-being in older persons.

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Division of Geriatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 33 A Kung Kok Street, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong. huie@ha.org.hk

Abstract

This study was aimed at determining the effects of dancing on the health status of older persons. A pool of 111 community-dwelling subjects were allocated to either an intervention group (IG), which included 23 sessions of dance over 12 weeks, or a control group (CG). All participants were assessed at baseline and 12 weeks. Physical outcome measures included the 6-min timed walking test (6MWT), trunk flexibility, body composition, lower limb endurance and strength, balance, the timed up-and-go test (TUG), resting heart rate and blood pressure. Quality of life was assessed by the Medical Outcomes Survey Short Form (SF-36) questionnaire. The IG's views toward dancing were also evaluated at 12 weeks. Significant difference was observed between the groups in six outcome measures: mean change in resting heart rate, 6MWT, TUG, lower limb endurance and the 'general health' and 'bodily pain' domains of SF-36. The majority of the dance group felt the intervention improved their health status. These findings demonstrate that dancing has physical and psychological benefits, and should be promoted as a form of leisure activity for senior citizens.

PMID:
18838181
DOI:
10.1016/j.archger.2008.08.006
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