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Physical Therapy

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Jennifer Bogulski, PT, DPT, OCS


Falls among individuals 65 years and older are one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. In Western New York, older individuals comprise over 15% of the population. This population is at a higher risk of sustaining a fall over any other age group. Impairments associated with falls include decreased leg strength and gait speed and increased postural sway. More individuals are staying physically active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle than ever before. Current evidence demonstrates many positive effects of participating in physical activity, including decreased fall risk. Country line dancing is a new form of group exercise for older individuals; however, evidence regarding its effectiveness in this population is lacking. This project seeks to review the literature regarding the effectiveness of country line dancing to improve balance and reduce fall risk.