Does dance-based therapy increase gait speed in older adults with chronic lower extremity pain: A feasibility study

Jean Krampe, Joanne M. Wagner, Kelly Hawthorne, Deborah Sanazaro, Choochart Wong-Anuchit, Chakra B. Budhathoki, Rebecca A. Lorenz, Soren Raaf

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Abstract

A decreased gait speed in older adults can lead to dependency when the individuals are no longer able to participate in activities or do things for themselves. Thirty-seven senior apartment residents (31 females; Mean age=80.6 years; SD=8.9) with lower extremity pain/stiffness participated in a feasibility and preliminary efficacy study of 12 weeks (24 sessions). Healthy-Steps dance therapy compared to a wait-list control group. Small improvements in gait speed ([ES]=0.33) were noted for participants completing 19-24 dance sessions. Improvements in gait speed measured by a 10 Meter Walk Test (0.0517m/s) exceeded 0.05m/s, a value deemed to be meaningful in community dwelling older adults. These feasibility study findings support the need for additional research using dance-based therapy for older adults with lower extremity pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Chronic lower extremity pain
  • Dance-based therapy
  • Gait speed
  • Older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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Does dance-based therapy increase gait speed in older adults with chronic lower extremity pain : A feasibility study. / Krampe, Jean; Wagner, Joanne M.; Hawthorne, Kelly; Sanazaro, Deborah; Wong-Anuchit, Choochart; Budhathoki, Chakra B.; Lorenz, Rebecca A.; Raaf, Soren.

In: Geriatric Nursing, Vol. 35, No. 5, 01.09.2014, p. 339-344.

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Krampe, Jean ; Wagner, Joanne M. ; Hawthorne, Kelly ; Sanazaro, Deborah ; Wong-Anuchit, Choochart ; Budhathoki, Chakra B. ; Lorenz, Rebecca A. ; Raaf, Soren. / Does dance-based therapy increase gait speed in older adults with chronic lower extremity pain : A feasibility study. In: Geriatric Nursing. 2014 ; Vol. 35, No. 5. pp. 339-344.
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