After stroke, it is common for people to have problems with balance and walking. Each of these can limit a person’s ability to engage in activities that are meaningful to them. Dancing is an engaging social activity that has been shown to improve balance and walking in people with Parkinson’s disease, similar to the benefits of traditional exercise. The objective of our project is to test whether dance can improve balance and walking for people with chronic stroke.
Your participation will help evaluate the effects of a dance program on balance and walking for individuals with chronic stroke.
> 6 months post stroke
Ability to follow 2-3 step instructions with minimal prompting from another person
Ability to stand for 30 seconds without any support
Ability to walk 10m without physical assistance from any device but with a person standing by if needed
Have received clearance from your physician to participate in exercise
This study has been approved by the University Health Network Research Ethics Board (#18-5316)
Health and Wellness
1 hour(s) - 3 hour(s) per session
Participants will either be in a Dance Class or a Seated Exercise and Relaxation Class twice weekly for 12 weeks (24 visits), with each visit lasting 1 hour. Assessment visits will take place at the time of recruitment and completion of the study and will last ~3 hours (2 visits).
Travel reimbursement up to $15/visit.
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