Can Dancing Improve Physical Activity Levels, Functional Ability and Reduce Falls in Older Adults? A Comparison of the Benefits of Once versus Twice Weekly Dancing for Healthy Older Adults Research Completed

Title

Can Dancing Improve Physical Activity Levels, Functional Ability and Reduce Falls in Older Adults? A Comparison of the Benefits of Once versus Twice Weekly Dancing for Healthy Older Adults

Lead Author

Justin W L Keogh , Andrew Kilding, Philippa Pidgeon, Linda Ashley, Dawn Gillis

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Prepared for Sport and Recreation New Zealand by Auckland University of Technology

Publication Year

2009

Publisher

Sport and Recreation New Zealand

Contacts

Justin Keogh

email: justin.keogh@aut.ac.nz

Abstract

The aim of this research was to determine the efficacy of a twelve week dance programme on improving functional performance and physical activity (PA) levels, and whether this had any effect on fall rates of older adults (> 70 years old) residing in retirement villages within the greater Auckland region.

The results of our experimental study offers further support that dancing has many physical benefits for older adults, particularly in relation to increasing functional performance. Based on our findings, it is recommended that a greater number of dance programmes be specifically designed for older adults and that such dance programmes become well promoted and are accessible to many older New Zealanders.

Keywords:

Functional performance; Older adults; Auckland

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July 8, 2013

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July 18, 2013