Efficacy of Dance Intervention for Improving Frailty Among Chinese Older Adults Living in the Community: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Xiaohong Zhang, Cees Peter van der Schans, Yanhui Liu*, Wilhelmus Petrus Krijnen, Johannes Simon Maria Hobbelen*

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Abstract

Although dance interventions may have lots of advantages in improving frailty, there are few papers focusing on the effects such interventions have on frail older adults living in the community setting. This study investigates whether a dance intervention can improve the level of frailty among Chinese older adults living in the community setting. The dance intervention was done five times a week for 16 weeks. Participants in the control group maintained their normal daily activities. Assessments were conducted at baseline, 8 weeks, and 16 weeks. Mixed models were used to test for the effects on frailty, depression, short physical performance battery, and grip strength between the groups over time. The level of frailty (p < .05) and depression (p < .001) decreased, and short physical performance battery (p < .001) increased over time in the dance group compared with the control group. A dance intervention lasting 16 weeks showed improved frailty, depression, and physical performance among Chinese older adults living in the community setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-814
Number of pages9
JournalJOURNAL OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2023

Keywords

  • balance
  • depression
  • exercise
  • grip strength
  • walking speed

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