Methods: Sixty elderly subjects aged between 65 and 94 ( mean age was 71.7±5.8 years for the valse group and 72.3±6.4 years for the control group) were accepted into the study. Number of falls in the previous year, vertigo, visual and hearing problems, usage of walking aids were considered. Physical function was examined by evaluating the subject's balance and gait. Romberg with eyes open and closed, 30 meters walking time were recorded. The best time of three trials was used for data analysis. Emotional status of the elderly were evaluated by the positive and negative affect schedule. All of the measurement were performed both at the beginning and at the end of two weeks of dancing session. Dancing figures consisted of mainly primitive forms of valse movements.
Results: Apart from measurements of keeping a half squat position all other evaluations were found to be significantly different at the end of two weeks dancing period. For balance measurements p values for sharpened Romberg eyes open, sharpened Romberg eyes closed, one legged stance test eyes open, one legged stance test eyes closed in the valse group were 0.000, 0.001, 0.003, 0.009, respectively. In the valse group there was statistically significant difference in walking time between base-line and at the end of second week evaluations (p=0.000). The positive emotion scores increased significantly while the negative emotion scores decreased significantly (p values were 0.000 for both)
Conclusion: Even 2 weeks of valse that includes rhytmic swing and position changing movements could make a significant improvement in balance, functional activity and emotional status of the elderly.