DANCE for Parkinson's
Dancing is good for people with Parkinson’s
Last year the Dancing for Parkinson’s group at the University of Hertfordshire welcomed Dame Darcey Bussell to one of their sessions. You can see from her smile how much she enjoyed the experience. But dancing doesn’t only make internationally acclaimed ballerinas happy. Scientific evidence indicates that dancing helps people with Parkinson’s cope with the condition. Here is an extract from a research paper:
“Dance may address each of the key areas that have been identified as being important for an exercise program designed for individuals with Parkinson’s. It is an activity performed to music. Dance also involves the teaching of specific movement strategies, which is the second recommended component of a PD-specific exercise program. Additionally, dance-based balance training has been shown to be successful in improving balance early in elderly invidivuals.”1
Evidence suggests that dancing helps people with Parkinson’s cope with their condition, both physically and psychologically. Dance classes are fun and provide a way for people with Parkinson’s to exercise regularly with multiple benefits from functional mobility to reductions in mood disturbance.
Please spread the word about the Friday morning dance classes at the University of Hertfordshire who have been conducting research into dance Parkinson’s for the last six years. This has been supported by the West Herts branch of Parkinson’s UK. They are led by a qualified ballroom teacher experienced in working with people with Parkinson’s. This includes complimentary tea and coffee and time for socialising. The session costs £7.00 with a partner or carer going free. First sessions are not charged.
For more information you or your patients can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org And of course anyone from your organisation is welcome to come and try these sessions for themselves.
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