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Objectives: To evaluate the effect of home-based Beguine dance on balance in Thai elderly with a history of fall.
Methods: A 30-minutes home base Beguine dance with simple balance exercise was performed twice a week for 6 weeks by following the instruction CD. The balance testing including the Timed up and go (TUG), Berg Balance Scale, Single Leg Stance Test of right and left leg (SLST-Rt and SLST-Lt) and Gait velocity were evaluated at pre and post training.
Results: A 21 Thai elderly with a mean age (standard deviation) of 68 (6.4) were recruited. The median (Interquartile range) between pre and post training of TUG was 0.95 (-0.43, 2.48) sec. The mean difference (95% CI) between pre and post training of Berg Balance Scale, SLST-Rt, SLST-Lt and Gait velocity were 4.81 (3.18, 6.44), 2.07 (0.32, 3.82) sec, 2.37 (0.96, 3.78) sec and 0.22 (0.11, 0.32) m/s, respectively. After training, all of the balance test were significantly improved (P < 0.05).
Conclusions: A 30-minute, twice a week for 6 weeks, home-base Beguine dance with simple balance exercise is effective to improving static and dynamic balance in Thai elderly with a history of fall.
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