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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?
Single-arm, pre-post design
|Primary Purpose:||New Models of Care; Intervention|
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.|