The effect of modified jazz dance on balance, cognition, and mood in older adults


Alpert et. al

This pilot program evaluated the impact that jazz dance class instruction had on balance, cognition, and mood (specifically depression) in thirteen healthy, English-speaking older women. Self-report questionnaires and the sensory organization test (SOT) for balance measurements were used to collect data. The study concluded that SOT scores showed an increased trend while changes in MMSE and GDS were not significant. Balance measures improved throughout the three different stages of the study. Findings suggest that jazz dance does not affect older women’s cognition or mood but may improve their balance.