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  DRKS00003560

Trial Description

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Title

Impact of a six months dance intervention on sensorimotor, cognitive, postural, and cardio-respiratory performance in the elderly.

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URL of the Trial

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Brief Summary in Lay Language

The aging-process is accompanied by a general decline in sensory, motor, cognitive, and cardio-respiratory performance. Given the dramatic demographic changes occurring in developed countries, which are characterized by an increased probability of reaching old and very old age, new strategies are needed to meet the concept of successful aging. Dancing is a promising approach involving many different challenges, making it particularly attractive as intervention therapy, and can be regarded as equivalent to enriched environmental conditions for humans.
We therefore investigate the effect of a 6-month long dance class (1 h/week) in a group of elderly individuals (IG) by using a pre-post design in comparison to a non-dancer control group (CG). Subjects were not allowed to have a regular record of dancing and sporting activities for at least five years before study onset. We perform a broad assessment covering cognition, fluid intelligence, attention, reaction times, motor, tactile, postural and cardio-respiratory performance, as well as subjective measures of well-being prior to and at the end of the class. In addition, cortical reorganization will be assessed using electrophysiological measures.

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Brief Summary in Scientific Language

Although aging is characterized by an enormous inter-individual heterogeneity, it is on an average accompanied by a progressive decline in sensorimotor and cognitive functions, paralleled by an increased prevalence of diseases. It is now well documented that age-related changes are not a simple reflection of degenerative processes but a complex mix of plastic adaptive and compensatory mechanisms, suggesting that neural plasticity is operational at old age. Therefore, it has been shown that training procedures and multisensory stimulation are able to ameliorate age-related deterioration. Dancing is a promising approach involving many different challenges, making it particularly attractive as intervention therapy, and can be regarded as equivalent to enriched environmental conditions for humans.
We therefore investigate the effect of a 6-month long dance class (1 h/week) in a group of elderly individuals (IG) by using a pre-post design in comparison to a non-dancer control group (CG). We perform a broad assessment covering cognition, fluid intelligence, attention, reaction times, motor, tactile, postural and cardio-respiratory performance, as well as subjective measures of well-being prior to and at the end of the class. In addition, cortical reorganization will be assessed recording somatosensory evoked potentials using high density EEG.

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Do you plan to share individual participant data with other researchers?

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Organizational Data

  •   DRKS00003560
  •   2012/03/29
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  •   Approved
  •   4237-12, Ethik-Kommission der Medizinischen Fakultät der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
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Secondary IDs

  •   U1111-1129-3051 
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Health Condition or Problem studied

  •   Neurologically healthy subjects above the age of 60 years, having no record of regular dancing and sporting activities for at least five years before study onset.
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Interventions/Observational Groups

  •   Dance Intervention: Participants will be instructed by a trained dancing master and will learn various forms of non-partnered dance (1h/week for 6 months). A typical dance class starts with a warm-up, which lasts about 20 min, taking into account the untrained physical constitution of the subjects. This is followed by a 40-min dance section, where participants learn step sequences of increasing complexity.
  •   Control-group: No intervention/ change in lifestyle for 6 months.
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Characteristics

  •   Interventional
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  •   Randomized controlled trial
  •   Open (masking not used)
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  •   No treatment
  •   Other
  •   Parallel
  •   N/A
  •   N/A
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Primary Outcome

Assessment of

Posture and balance
(displacement of centre of pressure (COP) using a force platform)
reactiontimes ( choice-reaction times (WTS - system),
information processing (WTS - System), multiple-choice reaction time analysis)
motor performance ( Jebsen-Taylor Hand Funktion Test
fine-motor performance (MLS - battery)
motor coordination (WTS-System)
grip-strength)
cognitive performance ( non-verbal geriatric concentration test (AKT)
Frankfurt attention inventory (FAIR)
Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS)
non-verbal learning)
intelligence( Raven Standard Progressive Matrices (RSPM))
Lifestyle und activity ( everyday competence questionnaire (ECQ)
life contentment questionnaire (FLZ))
cardio-respiratory performance
(peak oxygen uptake, spirometrie)
electrophysiological measures using high-density EEG

before and after 6 months of dance intervention

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Secondary Outcome

Subjective evaluation by means of standardized questionnaires (ECQ, FLZ) before and after 6 months of dance intervention in both groups

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Countries of Recruitment

  •   Germany
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Locations of Recruitment

  • other 
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Recruitment

  •   Actual
  •   2012/03/20
  •   35
  •   Monocenter trial
  •   National
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Inclusion Criteria

  •   Both, male and female
  •   60   Years
  •   no maximum age
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Additional Inclusion Criteria

above 60 years of age,
no regular dancing or sporting activities in the last 5 years,
MMSE > 27

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Exclusion Criteria

under 60 years of age,
regular dancing or sporting activities within the last 5 years,
Lack of knowledge of German language (subjective assessment of the experimenter),
Cognitive impairment in accordance to the MMSE: < 27 points,
Taking CNS-active drugs of any kind,
exclusion after medical examination,
left-handedness,
neurological disorders,
Pacemaker,

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Addresses

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    • Neurologischen Klinik und Poliklinik BG-Universitätsklinikum Bergmannsheil Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    • Mr.  Prof. Dr.  Martin  Tegenthoff 
    • Bürkle-de-la-Camp Platz 1
    • 44789  Bochum
    • Germany
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    • Neural Plasticity Lab Institut für Neuroinformatik Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    • Mr.  PD Dr.  Hubert  Dinse 
    • Universitätsstrasse 150, NB 3 Nord 66
    • 44780  Bochum
    • Germany
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    • Neural Plasticity Lab Institut für Neuroinformatik Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    • Mr.  Dipl.-Biol.  Jan-Christoph  Kattenstroth 
    • Universitätsstrasse 150, NB 3 Nord 67
    • 44780  Bochum
    • Germany
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Sources of Monetary or Material Support

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    • Neurologischen Klinik und Poliklinik BG-Universitätsklinikum Bergmannsheil Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    • Mr.  Prof. Dr.  Martin  Tegenthoff 
    • Bürkle-de-la-Camp Platz 1
    • 44789  Bochum
    • Germany
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    • ADTV
    • Mr.  Christian  Götsch 
    • Obenhauptstraße 5
    • 22335  Hamburg
    • Germany
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    •   0049-40-50058215
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    • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    • Kennedyallee 40
    • 53175  Bonn
    • Germany
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Status

  •   Recruiting complete, follow-up complete
  •   2012/10/05
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Trial Publications, Results and other Documents

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