Dancing in Time: Feasibility and acceptability of a contemporary dance programme to modify risk factors for falling in community dwelling older adults
ISPAH ePoster Library. Britten L. Oct 16, 2018; 225095; 291
Dr. Laura Britten
Dr. Laura Britten
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Abstract Objectives: This study investigated the feasibility, and impact of an 8 week contemporary dance programme on modifiable physical and psychosocial risk factors for falls. Methods:<\b>
Three groups of older adults were recruited from local community groups to participate in 3 separate, 8 week dance programmes (2, 90 minute dance classes per week). Quantitative measures of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, depression, mobility and fear of falling were measured at baseline and after 8 weeks of dance. Weekly attendance was noted, and post-study qualitative work was conducted in 3 separate focus groups. Results:<\b>
Of the 38 (Mean Age=77.3±8.4yrs, 37 females; 1 male) who attended the dance sessions, 22 (Mean age=74.8, ±8.44yrs, 21 females; 1 male) consented to be part of the research study. Mean adherence to the dance sessions was 84.3% (±17). Significant increases in moderate and vigorous physical activity were noted, with a significant decrease in sitting time over the weekdays (p<0.05). Statistically significant decreases in depression (p<0.05) and fear of falling (p<0.005) score were noted, and mobility significantly improved (p<0.005). Themes from the focus groups included the dance programme as a means of being active, health benefits, and dance-related barriers and facilitators. Conclusions: The recruitment of older adults, good adherence and favourability across all three sites indicate that a dance programme is feasible to implement. Contemporary dance has the potential to positively affect the modifiable physical and psychosocial risk factors for falls. An adequately powered study with control groups are required to test this intervention further.
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