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Neuroplasticity in Aging: Implications for Behavioral and Lifestyle Combined Interventions

Zolyniak, Nicole MD; Schulte-Göcking, Heike MSc; Kraft, Eduard MD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000004
Neuroplasticity
Abstract

This article focuses on the recently emerging interest in combined interventions for promoting successful aging. In contrast to single-intervention approaches such as aerobic exercise, cognitive training, or social interaction, only few studies have assessed the effect of such combined interventions in the process of aging. One of the most promising, real-life, combined intervention is dancing. Dancing is a real-life intervention combining several different behavioral domains that are of interest in the context of neuroplasticity. Dancing may be considered as a paradigmatic example of how an activity provides a real-life, enriched environment for elderly individuals and fosters neuroplasticity. Implications of these data for further research are discussed.

Author Information

Department of Orthopedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich (Mss Zolyniak and Schulte-Göcking and Mr Kraft), and Parmenides Foundation (Mr Kraft), Munich, Germany.

Correspondence: Eduard Kraft, MD, Department of Orthopedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Marchioninistr 15 D, Munich 81377, Germany (Eduard.Kraft@med.uni-muenchen.de).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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