Pilot testing of Dual-task Zumba Gold (DTZ) for community-dwelling people with mild cognitive impairment: A mixed-methods study

Laurence Lloyd Parial, Angela Yee Man Leung, Earl Francis Sumile, Simon Ching Lam

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Dual-tasking (e.g., enrichment of physical activities with mental exercises) is an innovative strategy to enhance older adults’ cognition. Meanwhile, Zumba is a popular dance program, but research is limited about its utility on older people or those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This study assessed the feasibility of a new intervention called dual-task Zumba Gold (DTZ) for people with MCI. A mixed-methods feasibility study involving ten people aged ≥55 years with MCI was conducted from December 2020 to March 2021. Nine participants completed the study (90%) with high intervention acceptability. Program adherence (90.3%) and implementation fidelity (92.2%) were high. Participants also expressed the program's benefits, challenges, and facilitators. Moreover, pilot test results suggested improvements in global cognition (Z=-2.680; p=0.007), quality of life (Z=-2.688; p=0.008), and mobility (Z=-2.333; p=0.020). Hence, DTZ is feasible and acceptable for people with MCI, offering potential multidomain effects. Future randomized controlled studies should confirm these outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1397-1407
Number of pages11
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • Aerobic dance
  • Dual-task
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Zumba Gold

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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