The Effect of Modified Jazz Dance on Balance, Cognition, and Mood in Older Adults.


The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the impact of jazz dance class instruction on balance, cognition, and mood (specifically depression) in 13 healthy, community-dwelling, English-speaking older women with a mean age of 68. Because falls are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in older adults of both genders, research is needed to evaluate both the impact of jazz dance on balance in older men and jazz dance as a fall prevention strategy in aging adults. Additionally, longitudinal research with a larger sample size is needed to test the effectiveness of jazz dance as a strategy for improving balance, cognition, and mood.

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Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Health: Brain & Mental

Aging & Longevity > Health: Physical

Aging & Longevity > Health


P. Alpert

T. Chevalia

C. Cross

C. Gillis

R. Havey

K. Kodandapari

S. Miller

H. Wallmann

related organization

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

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Research and Studies