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Can social dancing prevent falls in older adults? A protocol of the Dance, Aging, Cognition, Economics (DAnCE) fall prevention randomised controlled trial

Merom, Dafna; Cumming, Robert; Mathieu, Erin; Anstey, Kaarin; Rissel, Chris; Simpson, Judy M.; Morton, Rachael L.; Cerin, Ester; Sherrington, Catherine; Lord, Stephen R.


BACKGROUND: Falls are one of the most common health problems among older people and pose a major economic burden on health care systems. Exercise is an accepted stand-alone fall prevention strategy particularly if it is balance training or regular participation in Tai chi. Dance shares the ‘holistic’ approach of practices such as Tai chi. It is a complex sensorimotor rhythmic activity integrating multiple physical, cognitive and social elements. Small-scale randomised controlled trials...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013-05-15
Type: Journal article
Source: BMC Public Health 13 (2013): 477/1-9
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-477


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