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The Effects of the BAILAMOS Dance Program on Brain Functional Connectivity of Older Latinos: An Exploratory Study

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posted on 06.04.2022, 16:50 by Guilherme Moraes Balbim, Olusola AjiloreOlusola Ajilore, Melissa LamarMelissa Lamar, Kirk Erickson, Susan Aguiñaga, Eduardo BustamanteEduardo Bustamante, David MarquezDavid Marquez
Abstract Compared to non-Latinos whites, older Latinos are at higher risk of cognitive impairment and engage in less leisure-time physical activity (PA). Resting-state brain functional connectivity (FC) is a putative biomarker for age-related cognitive decline. PA plays a role in FC of brain networks associated with cognitive decline. Objective: Investigate the effects of the BAILAMOS™ dance program on FC in three brain networks associated with age-related cognitive decline (Default Mode [DMN], Frontoparietal [FPN], and Salience [SAL] networks). Methods: Single-group pre-post design. Ten cognitively intact older Latinos participated in the four-month (2x/week for 60min) BAILAMOS™ dance program with four Latin dance styles. MRI was obtained pre- and post-intervention. FC was analyzed using the resting-state fMRI toolbox (CONN) via pairwise BOLD signal correlations and then converted into z-scores. We performed dependent t-tests, computed Cohen’s d and 95%CI for p < 0.05. Results: Within-FPN FC significantly increased (t(9) = 2.35, p = 0.043, d = 0.70) from pre (M=0.49±0.15) to post-intervention (M=0.59±0.13). In the DMN, we observed moderate effect size changes in the ratio of the FC between-networks by the FC within-networks (Mdiff = 0.10; 95%CI = -0.01; 0.21, p = 0.08, d = 0.64). Conclusions: The BAILAMOS™ program increased within-FPN FC, which is a cognitive-control network related to adaptive control and flexibility. Moderate changes between- vs. within-DMN FC suggest BAILAMOS™ also increased whole-brain DMN integration. Taken together, results might signal that Latin dance can combat the disruption of FC between the DMN and other networks, and within-FPN, which are associated with cognitive decline.



Balbim, G. M., Ajilore, O., Lamar, M., Erickson, K., Aguiñaga, S., Bustamante, E.Marquez, D. (2020). The Effects of the BAILAMOS Dance Program on Brain Functional Connectivity of Older Latinos: An Exploratory Study. Innovation in Aging, 4(Suppl 1), 504-505.


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