Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Scholarship to study the benefits of dance on dementia

Scholarship to study the benefits of dance on dementia

A desire to bridge the divide between science and the arts and help the community has won a student a $5,000 scholarship. Carlene Newall, from the University of Auckland, has been awarded the inaugural Gavin and Susan Walker Postgraduate Scholarship in Dance Studies, and will investigate the benefits of dance on people affected by dementia.

With an interdisciplinary background in both science and dance, the twenty nine year-old is embarking on a doctorate through the Dance Studies Programme where she will undertake a pilot study organised in collaboration with the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) at the University. As part of her PhD Carlene will establish a Brain Dance Group to trial the value of regular dance sessions for individuals with dementia.

“With the number of people in New Zealand living with dementia estimated to more than triple by 2050, there is a need for creative approaches in research to examine ways to delay the onset of the disease, slow the progression and improve the quality of life for those affected,” says Carlene.

The Mount Albert resident, who also teaches a dance paper at the University, has been testing ways dance can be used in different communities. As part of the course she has been facilitating dance sessions with elderly residents at local rest homes. Keeping it in the family, her 87 year-old Grandmother has presented a guest lecture talking to students about her own dance experience.

“There is already some evidence linking dance activities with a reduction in the risk of dementia, but it can be difficult to translate the benefits of a medium like dance into numbers to measure actual results. I hope my research will bridge this divide,” she says.

Carlene is heading off to the United Kingdom later this year for a short research trip to visit international practitioners involved in dance and dementia programmes. She also hopes to stage a performance of the Brain Dance Group alongside CBR’s CeleBRation choir, the acclaimed singing group for people with neurological conditions.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news