Falls related psychosocial and physical effects of and perceptions towards a ballroom dance program in Independent Community-Dwelling Older Adults



Falls affect approximately 30% of people over 65 and a higher percentage of people over 75. About 20-30% of those who fall suffer injuries that can reduce their mobility, decrease their independence and increase their risk of death. Physical activity based on dance has been proposed for improving balance and reducing fall incidence in older adults.
The main purpose of the study is to explore the benefits of dance for physical and psychosocial health of older people who attend Community Day Centers in Cluj – Napoca. Also, the level of participation and acceptability of such program among this category of people will be assessed.

Project Objectives

  • O1: Asses older adults’ perceptions and attitudes related to a ballroom dance program as a type of physical activity.
  • O2: Assess psychosocial and physical effects of the ballroom dance program on the participating older adults through a set of tests that will be applied before and at the end of the dance program to both intervention and control group.

Starting / Ending Date

January 2015 – December 2015

Project Coordinator

Babeș-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca – Romania


Funder: The Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
BBU Amount: 5000 USD

Staff from Department of Public Health

Research Technician, Local Project Director