Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
Vivien Marcow Speiser
The purpose of this literature review is to discuss the benefit of support groups and dance classes for individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Questions for consideration in this literature review include looking at the possible added benefit of combining support and movement into one group. This writer will present the literature on the benefits of dance classes for individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease and the literature on the benefits of support groups. This writer will then investigate if the potential benefits in a combined group are similar or the same as in separate support groups or dance classes. This writer will discuss data collected from a group I created at a skilled nursing facility for residents with Parkinson’s Disease that was a combined movement and support group. The bias of this writer is that combing movement and support will provide an added measure of group cohesion and an increased feeling of support from the group with a decreased feeling of isolation.
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Schmidt, Sara K., "Movement and Support as Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease: A Literature Review" (2019). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 183.
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