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New Research-Dance helping people with Parkinson’s, QUT Study

Queensland University of Technology researchers have found that for people living with Parkinson’s disease, dance improves walking, emotional wellbeing, and capacity to tackle cognitive challenges. LINK TO STORY The findings were presented recently at the DANscienCE Moving Well forum in Sydney by project lead, QUT PhD researcher Nadeesha Kalyani, and Erica Rose Jeffrey, QUT alumnus and Dance for Parkinson’s Australia program director and teacher. Study participants with early-stage Parkinson’s did twice weekly, one-hour Dance for Parkinson’s classes at QUT for 12 weeks Detailed assessments were made of gait (walking), cognition, and handling dual tasks Significant improvements were measured in gait speed during normal walking, and when performing a cognitive task while walking Participants also expressed improved mood, happiness and greater confidence in their walking

New Dance for Parkinson’s research study in Brisbane-Participation Opportunity

Research on -Effects of Dance for Parkinson’s on gait and cognitive skills in Parkinson’s disease If you would like  more information or to participate please contact:  Ms Nadeesha Kalyani 07 3138 6426   nadeesha.haputhanthirige@hdr.qut.edu.au Would you like to take part in a study to measure the impact of dance on people with Parkinson’s disease? We are looking for: Independently living, ambulatory men or women who are diagnosed as having idiopathic Parkinson’s disease; aged between 30 to 85 years; and who have not participated in a dance programme in the past six months. Your participation would include: Being allocated randomly to a dance group or a control group. Please note that depending on your allocation you may be in the Dance for Parkinson’s (DfP) group or the control group. However, the results of the study will be shared with you after completion […]