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Effects of dancing on the risk of falling related factors of healthy older adults: a systematic review.
Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2015 Jan-Feb; 60(1):1-8.AG

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Deficits of balance or postural control in persons of advanced age are one of the factors that influence the risk of falling. The most appropriate treatment approaches and their benefits are still unknown.

OBJECTIVE

The aim of this article is to systematically review the scientific literature to identify the therapeutic effects of dancing as a physical exercise modality on balance, flexibility, gait, muscle strength and physical performance in older adults.

METHODS

A systematic search of Pubmed, Cochrane Library Plus, PEDro, Science Direct, Dialnet and Academic Search Complete using the search terms "dance", "older", "dance therapy", "elderly", "balance", "gait" and "motor skills". The eligibility criteria were: studies written in English and Spanish, published from January 2000 to January 2013, studies which analyzed the effects of dance (ballroom dance and/or dance based exercise) in older adults over 60 years of age with no disabling disease and included the following variables of study: balance, gait, risk of falls, strength, functionality, flexibility and quality of life.

RESULTS

123 articles were found in the literature. A final selection of seven articles was used for the present manuscript. Although the selected studies showed positive effects on the risk of falling related to factors (balance, gait and dynamic mobility, strength and physical performance), there were some aspects of the studies such as the methodological quality, the small sample size, the lack of homogeneity in relation to the variables and the measurement tools, and the existing diversity regarding the study design and the type of dance, that do not enable us to confirm that dance has significant benefits on these factors based on the scientific evidence.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Granadilla Residential Home for the Elderly, Badajoz, Spain.Department of Medical-Surgical Therapy, Medicine Faculty, Extremadura University, Badajoz, Spain. Electronic address: jrodman@unex.es.Department of Medical-Surgical Therapy, Medicine Faculty, Extremadura University, Badajoz, Spain.Department of Medical-Surgical Therapy, Medicine Faculty, Extremadura University, Badajoz, Spain.Department of Radiology and Physical Medicine, Medicine Faculty, Extremadura University, Badajoz, Spain.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review
Systematic Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25456888

Citation

Fernández-Argüelles, Esther López, et al. "Effects of Dancing On the Risk of Falling Related Factors of Healthy Older Adults: a Systematic Review." Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, vol. 60, no. 1, 2015, pp. 1-8.
Fernández-Argüelles EL, Rodríguez-Mansilla J, Antunez LE, et al. Effects of dancing on the risk of falling related factors of healthy older adults: a systematic review. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2015;60(1):1-8.
Fernández-Argüelles, E. L., Rodríguez-Mansilla, J., Antunez, L. E., Garrido-Ardila, E. M., & Muñoz, R. P. (2015). Effects of dancing on the risk of falling related factors of healthy older adults: a systematic review. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 60(1), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2014.10.003
Fernández-Argüelles EL, et al. Effects of Dancing On the Risk of Falling Related Factors of Healthy Older Adults: a Systematic Review. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2015 Jan-Feb;60(1):1-8. PubMed PMID: 25456888.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Effects of dancing on the risk of falling related factors of healthy older adults: a systematic review. AU - Fernández-Argüelles,Esther López, AU - Rodríguez-Mansilla,Juan, AU - Antunez,Luis Espejo, AU - Garrido-Ardila,Elisa María, AU - Muñoz,Rafael Perez, Y1 - 2014/11/06/ PY - 2014/04/16/received PY - 2014/10/01/revised PY - 2014/10/06/accepted PY - 2014/12/3/entrez PY - 2014/12/3/pubmed PY - 2015/6/16/medline KW - Balance KW - Dance therapy KW - Elderly KW - Gait KW - Older adults SP - 1 EP - 8 JF - Archives of gerontology and geriatrics JO - Arch Gerontol Geriatr VL - 60 IS - 1 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Deficits of balance or postural control in persons of advanced age are one of the factors that influence the risk of falling. The most appropriate treatment approaches and their benefits are still unknown. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to systematically review the scientific literature to identify the therapeutic effects of dancing as a physical exercise modality on balance, flexibility, gait, muscle strength and physical performance in older adults. METHODS: A systematic search of Pubmed, Cochrane Library Plus, PEDro, Science Direct, Dialnet and Academic Search Complete using the search terms "dance", "older", "dance therapy", "elderly", "balance", "gait" and "motor skills". The eligibility criteria were: studies written in English and Spanish, published from January 2000 to January 2013, studies which analyzed the effects of dance (ballroom dance and/or dance based exercise) in older adults over 60 years of age with no disabling disease and included the following variables of study: balance, gait, risk of falls, strength, functionality, flexibility and quality of life. RESULTS: 123 articles were found in the literature. A final selection of seven articles was used for the present manuscript. Although the selected studies showed positive effects on the risk of falling related to factors (balance, gait and dynamic mobility, strength and physical performance), there were some aspects of the studies such as the methodological quality, the small sample size, the lack of homogeneity in relation to the variables and the measurement tools, and the existing diversity regarding the study design and the type of dance, that do not enable us to confirm that dance has significant benefits on these factors based on the scientific evidence. SN - 1872-6976 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25456888/Effects_of_dancing_on_the_risk_of_falling_related_factors_of_healthy_older_adults:_a_systematic_review_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0167-4943(14)00182-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -