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Caplow Linder

Title: Dance as a therapeutic intervention for the elderly

Author (s):  Erna Caplow Linder

Abstract:  Dance therapy for the elderly is socialized movement activity to improve levels of individual functioning and adaptation to the stresses of aging. For those not acquainted with the ways that nonverbal, creative physical expression can be used as therapy, this paper delineates the therapeutic effects possible with geriatric groups of independent active adults and infirm institutionalized patients. The great range of physical and intellectual stimulation possible in dance sessions, whether in therapy, recreation, or educational settings, indicates that this art form holds much promise in helping older adults experience a greater sense of oneness with others, improved self‐esteem and communication, and an overall sense of physical well‐being.

Category: Art/Oral History/Culture

Keywords:  Improved health, psychological wellbeing of older adults, dance, aging services, creative arts, engagement, performing arts, social interaction

Reference:  Caplow-Lindner, L. (1982).  Dance as a therapeutic intervention for the elderly. Educational Gerontology, 8(2), 167-173.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Texthttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0380127820080207#preview

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