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Rhythm and moves for balance and cognition by Sue Scott, MS

Rhythm and moves, gestures and sound, music and dance . . . toe tapping and the evolution of language? How did the rhythms and music of our ancient ancestors help humans understand each other? And what does that have to do with exercise class, balance or cognition? Evidence from anthropology and neuroscience indicate that language, rhythms, music and movement are deeply rooted in the evolution of our past and still play key roles in our brains.

This article sets the stage for using rhythm and music to enhance balance and cognition in older adults. Weaving together intriguing insights in neuroscience regarding human expression, movement and rhythm can inspire and enhance our practices as exercise professionals.

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