The University of Pennsylvania recently wrapped up the first round of its Rhythm Experience and Africana Culture Trial (REACT!), a three-year pilot grant in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh and supported by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Participants and their guests were invited to the ending ceremony, hosted by the Institute on Aging, which included dance performances, presentations, and art displays showcasing the work that was done throughout the study.
For this trial, participants (ages 60-80) were sorted into one of two activities – an African dance group or an educational/discussion group – to compare the bene ts. Final results are still pending, but are anticipated to reveal whether or not brain health, fitness levels or quality of life improved as a result of participating in the dance or educational activities three times per week for six months.
To learn more about REACT! visit: www.med.upenn.edu/aging/react.html