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Title:Unleashing the potential of dance : a neuroplasticity-based approach bridging from older adults to Parkinson’s disease patients
Authors:ID Meulenberg, Cécil J. W. (Author)
ID Rehfeld, Kathrin (Author)
ID Jovanović, Saša (Author)
ID Marušič, Uroš (Author)
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Abstract:Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects >1% of individuals worldwide and is manifested by motor symptoms such as tremor, rigidity, and bradykinesia, as well as non-motor symptoms such as cognitive impairment and depression. Non-pharmacological interventions such as dance therapy are becoming increasingly popular as complementary therapies for PD, in addition to pharmacological treatments that are currently widely available. Dance as a sensorimotor activity stimulates multiple layers of the neural system, including those involved in motor planning and execution, sensory integration, and cognitive processing. Dance interventions in healthy older people have been associated with increased activation of the prefrontal cortex, as well as enhanced functional connectivity between the basal ganglia, cerebellum, and prefrontal cortex. Overall, the evidence suggests that dance interventions can induce neuroplastic changes in healthy older participants, leading to improvements in both motor and cognitive functions. Dance interventions involving patients with PD show better quality of life and improved mobility, whereas the literature on dance-induced neuroplasticity in PD is sparse. Nevertheless, this review argues that similar neuroplastic mechanisms may be at work in patients with PD, provides insight into the potential mechanisms underlying dance efficacy, and highlights the potential of dance therapy as a non-pharmacological intervention in PD. Further research is warranted to determine the optimal dance style, intensity, and duration for maximum therapeutic benefit and to determine the long-term effects of dance intervention on PD progression.
Keywords:dance, neurodegeneration, tremor, rhythm, sensorimotor integration
Publication status in journal:Published
Article version:Publisher's version of article
Article acceptance date:05.06.2023
Publication date:26.06.2023
Year of publishing:2023
Number of pages:9 str.
Numbering:Vol. 15, art. 1188855
PID:20.500.12556/DiRROS-16670 New window
ISSN on article:1663-4365
DOI:10.3389/fnagi.2023.1188855 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:157203203 New window
Copyright:© 2023 Meulenberg, Rehfeld, Jovanovic and Marusic
Note:Nasl. z nasl. zaslona; Soavtorji: Kathrin Rehfeld, Saša Jovanović, Uroš Marušič; Opis vira z dne 29. 6. 2023;
Publication date in DiRROS:29.06.2023
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Title:Frontiers in aging neuroscience
Shortened title:Front. aging neurosci.
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
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Document is financed by a project

Funder:EC - European Commission
Project number:952401
Name:TWINning the BRAIN with machine learning for neuro-muscular efficiency

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:P5-0381
Name:Kineziologija za kakovost življenja


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Licensing start date:26.06.2023

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