Apr 25, 2013
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
|Where||The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education|
|Contact Name||Jill Conrad|
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For people with Parkinson’s disease, dance is a tremendous stimulus for awakening the motor centers in the brain. Today, a global network of more than seventy-five cities exists on dance for Parkinson’s, offering formal classes in ballet, modern dance, Tango, and improvisational dance. Research evidence is robust on the efficacy of dance for promoting functional and cognitive improvements. As a non-pharmacological intervention, dance also provides a means of maintaining functional independence that is enjoyable, expressive, social, and empowering. In this talk, Dr. Glenna Batson will review the evidence on dance and Parkinson’s—not only the functional benefits, but also the positive impact on brain connectivity. She will discuss her recent research on balance, describing the unique improvisational structure that helped participants generate creative movement strategies on their own.
Glenna Batson is a former professor of physical therapy at Winston-Salem State University (retired 2011), and an independent researcher with the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University.