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Research in Dance and Physical Education - Vol. 3, No. 2, pp.63-69
ISSN: 2586-1034 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Dec 2019
Received 31 Oct 2019 Revised 29 Nov 2019 Accepted 19 Dec 2019
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26584/RDPE.2019.12.3.2.63

A Dance-Based Exercise Training Will Be Better Remedy for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease?
Rasika Bhide1 ; Soon-Mi Choi2, *
1Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX, Graduate Student, USA
2Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX, Associate Professor, USA

Correspondence to : *Email address: soonmi.choi@msutexas.edu


Abstract

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by loss of memory and impaired cognitive function that is seen primarily in older adults. AD is primarily characterized by excessive accumulation amyloid beta (Aβ) plaques and tau proteins leading to reduction in hippocampal volume and brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels. Although there are different pharmacological treatment approaches available for managing cognitive and balance impairments in AD, they do not provide symptom control to a large extent and are associated with a variety of adverse effects and complications. Therefore, incorporating non-pharmacological intervention strategies in order to effectively control the symptoms of AD is crucial. Aerobic exercise causes an improvement in the symptoms of AD by enhancing cerebrovascular function, perfusion and neuroplasticity in the brain. Dance is a safe and inexpensive form of aerobic exercise that is based on music and can be performed in any environment. Thus, it is necessary to study the effects of different dance forms on cognitive function and balance in AD since it is a form of exercise that is not repetitive as well as promotes social interaction and motivation in older adults.


Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease, Hippocampal volume, Aerobic exercise, Dance, Cognitive function, Balance

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