American Journal of Dance Therapy

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 164–178 | Cite as

Dance/Movement Therapy and the Older Adult Client: Healing Pathways to Resilience and Community

The 2017 ADTA International Panel
  • Patricia P. CapelloEmail author


Growing at what is deemed an unprecedented rate, the world’s older adult population today numbers 617 million men and women; by 2050, almost 17% of people worldwide will be age 65 and older. The International Panel featured at the 2017 American Dance Therapy Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas focused on the work of dance/movement therapists from around the world that are exploring the rich potential of dance and movement as a significant physiological and psychological process for healthy aging. By fostering a moving community that honors individual abilities, memories, and innate creativity, dance/movement therapists working with the older adult client provide the essentials for resilience and revitalization: creative physical activity combined with cognitive, social, and emotional expression in a safe and supportive environment.

The Panel Overview

Panel Chair, Dr. Miriam Roskin Berger invited seven experts in the field to share their specific tools and...


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

Patricia P. Capello declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the Ethical Standards of the Institutional and/or National Research Committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Copyright information

© American Dance Therapy Association 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BrooklynUSA

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