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19 April 2010

Jiving grannies have better balance

For seniors, dancing isn't just for fun; it also can be therapeutic. Two new studies found that participation in dance-based therapy can improve balance and gait in older adults.

For seniors, dancing isn't just for fun; it also can be therapeutic. Two recent studies found that participation in dance-based therapy can improve balance and gait in older adults. Improved functionality among seniors can decrease their risk of falling and reduce costly injuries.

The researchers used a dance-therapy program called The Lebed Method (TLM), which includes a combination of low-impact dance steps choreographed to music. Sessions were led by certified TLM instructors and adjusted to fit the specific needs of the seniors who participated.

 
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