Interested in being a research participant?

Please contact our Geras Research Coordinator, Karen Thompson at (905) 521-2100 ext.12437 for more information.

An evidence-based program for older adults looking to improve their brain health and mobility

GERAS DANCE was developed with rehabilitation and geriatric medicine expertise at the Geras Centre for Aging Research at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University in partnership with the YMCA of Hamilton Burlington Brantford. GERAS DANCE provides a fun way for older adults to exercise regularly incorporating scientific principles of neuroplasticity, motor learning and dual-task training. The program uses functional exercises to help build strength and mobility to allow older adults to participate in everyday activities, such as climbing the stairs and walking around the block. With a broad range of dance styles and music from rock and roll to jazz – combined with lots of laughter – there is something everyone will enjoy. GERAS DANCE has an evidence-based curriculum from prevention to rehabilitation. Classes can be delivered in-person, virtually live-streamed, or an on-demand video series. With research on 750+ older adults (aged 60-92 years), we continue to expand the program to help improve brain health and mobility of older adults across Canada

Get ready to cha cha cha! Click play to watch our GERAS DANCE video and learn some new moves.

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Free for YMCA members or a $90 program fee. GERAS DANCE is currently running at Les Chater Family YMCA, 356 Rymal Rd East, Hamilton, Mon & Fri at 2-3pm and at Ron Edwards Family YMCA, 500 Drury Lane, Burlington, Tues & Thurs at 11am-12pm.