The Dancing Mind: cognitive benefits of multi-dimensional physical activity in old age

21 June 2018

This project looked at whether multi-dimensional physical activity, such as social dancing, might be the optimal “exercise” prescription for the prevention of cognitive decline.

The project compared the executive function, memory and processing speed of 126 older adults (age 65 or over) randomised to participate for six months in either 1) a walking program or 2) ballroom dancing. The maintenance of program outcomes were examined after 12 months.


Professor Dafna Merom, University of Western Sydney

Co-investigators: Professor Kaarin Anstey, Dr Ranmalee Eramudugolla, Dr Anne Grunseit

Project duration: 2 years

Age Matters investment: $179,031

pdfFinal report (322KB)