Overview: This study explored the effect of GERAS DANCE on gait speed, rhythmicity, and coordination in older adults with early cognitive or mobility impairments. The three pillars of the project were: (1) How can we best measure fall- risk? (2) What conditions increase falls-risk? and ultimately (3) Can DANCE improve fall-risk?

Can dance reduce falls-risk in older adults?

Study Design

Single-arm,  pre-post design

Participants (N): 25
Primary Purpose: New Models of Care; Intervention
Intervention Description:

Participants completed the 12-week GERAS DANCE program (two one-hour classes + one-hour homework weekly) for a total dose of 36 hours. Gait was assessed at baseline and 12-weeks with the ProtoKinetics Zeno Walkway under two experimental conditions: normal walking (no-SS3) or dual-task walking while performing serial subtraction task.

Primary Outcome After a 12-week pilot study of GERAS DANCE, participants walked faster with improved rhythmicity and coordination, indicative of reduced falls risk.