Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire are looking for people with and without Parkinson’s to take part in a study examining the benefits of dance on the symptoms of Parkinson’s. If you’re over the age of 50, you may be eligible to take part.
It is thought that dance (such as tango and improvisation) could help with mobility in ways that other forms of exercise cannot. So this research is investigating if different types of dancing have an effect on walking, balancing and problem-solving in people with Parkinson’s.
The researchers hope to find out whether dance is a form of exercise that relieves the symptoms of Parkinson’s. They also would like to get a better understanding of which types of dance and movement are suitable for people with Parkinson’s.
The study is funded by the University of Hertfordshire.
More information is found in the links below:
Interested in participating?
This study is looking for at least 30 people with Parkinson’s who live in Manchester or London. particiapnts should be aged 50 or over, with mild to moderate symptoms of Parkinson’s.
The researchers are also looking for at least 30 people without Parkinson’s who are over the age of 50 to participate in the comparison or ‘control’ group. These people might be the partners or carers of people with Parkinson’s.
Although the main dance sessions are being held in Oldham, Greater Manchester and central London, the researchers are interested in hearing from people across the UK who would like to be involved in the project.
The closing date for recruiting volunteers for this study is mid-July 2011.
What to do next
If you are interested in taking part, or wish to find out more information or whether you are eligible for the study, please contact the researchers directly:
Carine Lewis, Project Coordinator
School of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire AL10 9AB
Tel: 01707 281340
Email: [email protected]