Dance-based therapy has the potential to slow the progression of functional limitations in older adults. The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of measuring the impact of dance-based therapy on the nighttime restfulness patterns of older adults in an aging-in-place facility using passive bed sensors. A secondary data analysis of the continuous 2-month nighttime bed sensor data was reviewed for measurable change during a dance study. A measurable variation in nighttime restfulness level was detected between the dancers and nondancers, and no high or very high restlessness was detected during this period for the dance-based therapy group. Although these exploratory variations are modest, the findings suggest that bed sensors can be used to measure nighttime restfulness following a therapeutic dance intervention. More research is needed in this emerging area.
Krampe, J., Miller, S.J., Echebiri, C., Rantz, M.J., & Skubic, M. (2013). Nighttime restfulness during daytime dance therapy: an exploratory study with bed sensors. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 36(3), 362-373.View the PDF