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Research in Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Professor Lisa Ferguson-Stegall supervised the research and was lead author of the paper, “A 9-Week Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics Intervention Improves Single and Dual-Task Gait Speed in Community-Dwelling Older People,” recently published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Public health student Mandy Van and alumnus Anthony Wolfe '16 were research collaborators and co-authors. Professor Kathy Thomsen taught weekly eurhythmics classes to senior citizens in St. Anthony Park, assisted by Hamline music alumna Shay Behrends '17 and student Molly Dionne. The study focused on the efficacy of Dalcroze Eurhythmics as a novel intervention to improve fall risk-related outcomes in the elderly. The study found that gait (walking) speed significantly improved in response to this intervention, even when the participants were asked to walk and perform another task at the same time. This is important because most falls occur while walking, especially when also performing other tasks. The entire article is available upon request from Professors Ferguson-Stegall and Thomsen.