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Movement and Music for Older Adults with Dementia


This study will investigate how participating in a dance class or listening to music affects mobility and/or cognition in older adults with dementia.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
60 Years N/A All No
April 1, 2017
December 30, 2018

  • Diagnosis of dementia
  • Mini-Mental State Examination score above 9
  • Able to follow simple instructions

  • Unable to walk 10 feet unassisted
  • Orthopedic disorder that impacts walking
  • Other neurologic diagnosis that impacts cognitive or motor function, such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, or traumatic brain injury

Emerging evidence shows that music-based interventions may have a protective effect on the brain in people with dementia. There is also evidence that doing activities that engage the brain through music is beneficial. In this study, participants will either be enrolled in a dance class twice a week or will listen to live music once a week. Researchers will assess walking, balance, and cognition at enrollment, after 6 weeks, and at the end of the 12-week study.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Ohio State University
Columbus Ohio 43210 Recruiting Deb Kegelmeyer, DPT

Ohio State University

Name Role Affiliation
Deb Kegelmeyer Principal Investigator Ohio State University

Name Phone Email
Deb Kegelmeyer 614-293-0214
Raquel Minarsch 614-688-5926


Movement and Music Intervention for Individuals With Dementia