Set dances aid Parkinson's
A number of people with Parkinson's disease in the west of Ireland have claimed set dancing has helped them with their condition.
Members of the Roscommon branch of the Parkinson's Association of Ireland recently took part in a research study: 'A Randomised Controlled Trial to Determine the Effectiveness of Set Dancing for People with Parkinson's disease'.
Participants were randomly assigned to a group who attended 10 weeks of set-dancing classes alongside their usual medical care, or to a group who continued with their usual medical care only.
Participants' balance, mobility and quality of life were assessed at the start and end of the study, carried out by researchers from the Dublin Neurology Institute. It has already drawn positive comments from sufferers. Patsy Dorr said set dancing "has improved my balance"; while Bill Furey said: "Set dancing has improved the quality of my life."
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