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Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2017 Dec;32(8):489-499. doi: 10.1177/1533317517725813. Epub 2017 Aug 25.

International Ballroom Dancing Against Neurodegeneration: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Greek Community-Dwelling Elders With Mild Cognitive impairment.

Author information

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1 3rd Department of Neurology, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece.
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2 Greek Alzheimer Association and Related Disorders (GAARD), Thessaloniki, Greece.
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3 Medical Physics Laboratory, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece.
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4 Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece.
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5 Information Technologies Institute, Center of Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH-ITI), Thermi, Greece.
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6 Sports Medicine Laboratory, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Many studies have highlighted the positive effects of dance in people with neurodegenerative diseases.

OBJECTIVES:

To explore the effects of International Ballroom Dancing on cognitive function in elders with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI).

METHODS:

One-hundred twenty-nine elderly patients with aMCI diagnosis (mean age 66.8 ± 10.1 years) were randomly assigned into 2 groups: intervention group (IG, n = 66) and control group (CG, n = 63). The IG exercised systematically for 10 months, and both groups were submitted to extensive neuropsychological assessment prior and after the 10-month period.

RESULTS:

According to the independent sample t test at the follow-up, significant differences between groups were found in benefit of the IG while the CG showed worse performance in the majority of neuropsychological tests. According to the Student t test, better performance is detected in IG in contrast with CG, which had worse performance almost in all scales.

CONCLUSION:

Dance may be an important nonpharmacological approach that can benefit cognitive functions.

KEYWORDS:

Greek population; International Ballroom Dancing; elderly; mild cognitive impairment; randomized controlled trial

PMID:
28840742
DOI:
10.1177/1533317517725813
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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