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Journal of Dance Education: Volume 16, Number 2, April-June 2016

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      Iliana Aljure

      Interesting article on “Designing Modern Dance Classes for the Mature Mover: Physiological and Psychological Consideration” by Julie A. Brodie, MFA – CMA and Elin E. Lobel, PhD – GCFP – CMA.

      It touches the critical topics on what happens to our bodies as we age and how to stay active movers for the long haul. Excellent research, suggestions and considerations for dancers who no longer wish to perform but want to stay fit, according to brain reserch.

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      Iliana Aljure

      I would like to add a couple of interesting data, I didn’t quote on the original posting:
      1.The aging body does undergo changes, many of which have been documented in movement science research, that cannot and should not be ignored. These changes reflect a complicated interplay between the inevitable and the avoidable, according to Haywood and Getchell, 2009.
      2. In general, aging is associated with a decline in performance capacity. Research suggests that many of the performance declines that were once thought to be the result of aging are more often the result of inactivity and disease (Spirduso, Francis and MacRae 2005; Payne and Isaacs, 2008; Haywood and Getchell, 2009).
      3. With aging, bones become increasingly brittle. Older bones are more porous and less dense, increasing the risk of fracture (Payne and Isaacs, 2008).On the positive side, bone is a living tissue that adapts to the stresses placed on it. Compressive forces linked to a weight bearing activity generate an electrical potential that encourages bone deposition (Basset and Becker, 1962).
      4. Flexibility and range of motion are also affected by the aging process. There is a tendency for joint range to decrease with age, in particular, people tend to lose rotation first, which alters range of motion and the ability to move three-dimensionaly (Haywood and Getchell, 2008).
      5. Central nervous system (CNS) changes involve general slowing of the CNS due to the loss of neurons and the interconnections between neurons with age. These losses contribute to changes in the reaction time, movement time and the time it takes to process information. Additionally, there is a loss of oxygen flow to the brain, which can affect the nerve cells in their function as well as their life span (Payne and Isaacs, 2012).

      This are just 5 science facts of the many that are written in this article, which were the base line for designing a modern class that fits the mature dancer physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically.

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