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Physical Therapy

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Laura Favaro


The normal physiological process of aging can lead to pathological changes such as arteriosclerosis, hypertension, heart failure, and muscle weakness. Older individuals participating in community exercise programs have experienced an improvement in their endurance, strength, and mobility. Literature focused on dance exercise have similarly shown positive outcomes, with the mode of intervention suggesting a session of at least 12 weeks duration, once a week for 45 minutes. One form of dancing that is related to popular culture is country line dancing, but only a few studies have examined this mode of exercise for the elderly population. The goal of this literature review project is to identify novel and convenient screening tools and measurements for cardiovascular disease risk, and cardiopulmonary endurance and strength in elderly individuals. Future studies with a community-based country line dancing class of elders are discussed.