Through the power of DanCE, we can change the Face of Alzheimer’s
DanCE Study

It has been several years since the 2003 study was completed. Over the years interested parties and the media have contacted Dr. Joe Verghese, from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), about the impact dancing has on dementia. One in particular is the Washington Post in the article, “Might Dancing Delay Dementia?  Experts Can’t Say, but Enthusiasts like the Beat” http://www.globalaging.org/health/us/twostep1.htm.  These inquires have fueled enough interest to determine if social dancing can have a meaningful impact on one of the biggest health issues facing America today, Alzheimer’s.

Who Will be Studied and How

Participants will be randomly recruited from the New York City area and  will be those at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease as determined by their performance on screening cognitive test.  Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to either a DanCE intervention or a non-dance intervention control group.   Study outcomes will include MRI’s before and after the research to study brain changes in response to dancing and performance test of cognition.

AECOM

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

There will be 32 subjects in the new study – 16 in the DanCE group and 16 in the intervention group that will walk on treadmills listening to the same music as the people in the DanCE cohort.  The desired participants will be seasoned adults and it’s anticipated the study will take up to 2 years to complete.  Further, the subject will not have participated in any organized dance instruction.