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Physical benefits of dancing for healthy older adults: a review.

Authors
  • Keogh, Justin W L
  • Kilding, Andrew
  • Pidgeon, Philippa
  • Ashley, Linda
  • Gillis, Dawn
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of aging and physical activity
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2009
Volume
17
Issue
4
Pages
479–500
Identifiers
PMID: 19940326
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Dancing is a mode of physical activity that may allow older adults to improve their physical function, health, and well-being. However, no reviews on the physical benefits of dancing for healthy older adults have been published in the scientific literature. Using relevant databases and keywords, 15 training and 3 cross-sectional studies that met the inclusion criteria were reviewed. Grade B-level evidence indicated that older adults can significantly improve their aerobic power, lower body muscle endurance, strength and flexibility, balance, agility, and gait through dancing. Grade C evidence suggested that dancing might improve older adults' lower body bone-mineral content and muscle power, as well as reduce the prevalence of falls and cardiovascular health risks. Further research is, however, needed to determine the efficacy of different forms of dance, the relative effectiveness of these forms of dance compared with other exercise modes, and how best to engage older adults in dance participation.

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