GERAS DANCE: DANcing for Cognition & Exercise

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Gillbrae Centre for Studies in Aging Seminar Series:

GERAS DANCE: DANcing for Cognition & Exercise



Room LRW 1003

LR Wilson Hall

McMaster University, Main Campus


This series creates opportunities for the exchange of ideas and stimulates discussion amongst associate researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, community members, and older people. This year we will be hosting several seminars with various research groups and networks to explore this year’s chosen research theme “Visual Methods and Knowledge Exchange” with a focus on aging.

Courtney Kennedy, BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Scientific Director, GERAS Centre

Courtney Kennedy is a Clinical Scientist/Associate Scientific Director at the GERAS Centre for Aging Research at Hamilton Health Sciences. She has a background in epidemiology, implementation science and gerontology and is actively involved in trainee development including as the Research Director for the Geriatric Medicine Residency program at McMaster University. Her work is focused on practical innovations, clinical interventions and tools for an aging population including the Fit-Frailty App for detecting frailty in routine clinical practice. She is the research lead for the Dancing for Cognition and Exercise (DANCE) program and is actively involved in frailty rehabilitation initiatives.

Patricia Hewston, HBSc.Kin, MSc.OT, OT Reg (Ont), PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow, GERAS Centre

Dr. Patricia Hewston is a registered occupational therapist (College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario) and post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Medicine, McMaster University and the GERAS Centre. Dr. Hewston is pursuing a program of research in aging and mobility with a specific interest in fear of falling and cognition.

DANcing for Cognition & Exercise

Dance isn’t just fun – it’s good for your health. Dance strengthens both the body and mind and is an enjoyable social activity. This seminar will provide an overview of the GERAS DANCE program of research developed by rehabilitation and geriatric medicine specialists at the GERAS Centre for Aging Research at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University in partnership with the YMCA. We will present how the GERAS DANCE program is tailored to meet the needs of community-dwelling older adults with cognitive and mobility impairments and results from our pilot work. We will also provide an overview of implementing “research into practice” including how to scale up a pilot project across multiple sites.
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