Dancing towards well-being in the third age: Literature review on the impact of dance on health and well-being among older people


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Connoly M, Redding E

Year of Publication:
2010

Publisher(s):
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

A review of literature on dance and its impact physiologically and psychologically among elderly populations.

Topics included general fitness and strength, balance and gait, and general psychological wellbeing such as self-confidence, social inclusion, and cognitive function. Populations assessed ranged from 50 years upwards, and included both healthy and physically and psychologically impaired cohorts. Dance styles covered included social, creative, contemporary and traditional dance.

The review concludes that dance can have a positive impact on both the physiological and psychological status of older people.



Evidence Type: Literature Review

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Literature Review

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Dance

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Connolly, M., & Redding, E. (2010). Dancing towards well-being in the third age: Literature review on the impact of dance on health and well-being among older people. London: Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance.