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Ballroom Dancing for Community-dwelling Older Adults: A 12-month Study of the Effect on Well-being, Balance and Falls Risk

Chipperfield, Sarah R.; Stephenson, John

Authors

John Stephenson



Abstract

Physical activities that involve muscle strengthening, balance and coordination skills such as ballroom dancing are encouraged for older adults to assist with the maintenance of functional autonomy and prevention of falls. Twenty-three community-dwelling older adults engaged in regular ballroom dancing completed a 12-month study assessing well-being, falls risk and balance using a set of clinical outcome measures. Those attending ballroom dancing classes were more likely to be active older adults, with lower levels of BMI and obesity compared to the general population. Participants scored lower in the falls risk tests than normative values. Some of the results suggest a possible substantive finding for clinical practice and indicate ballroom dancing is an activity with good attrition and adherence rates among community-dwelling older adults that can improve well-being, balance and reduce falls risk as part of an active lifestyle.

Citation

Chipperfield, S. R., & Stephenson, J. (in press). Ballroom Dancing for Community-dwelling Older Adults: A 12-month Study of the Effect on Well-being, Balance and Falls Risk. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, https://doi.org/10.1080/01924788.2020.1797437

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 14, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 2, 2020
Deposit Date Aug 3, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 3, 2021
Journal Activities, Adaptation & Aging
Print ISSN 0192-4788
Electronic ISSN 1544-4368
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01924788.2020.1797437
Keywords Gerontology; Geriatrics and Gerontology; Health Professions (miscellaneous)
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3551563

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