This project aims to understand the effect of a dance intervention, on the mental and physical health of people who have dementia and their carers. The study will be looking at their quality of life, their emotional and social behaviours. Their motor and cognitive skills will be monitored. It aims to see if these skills and behaviours change with an introduction to regular dance exercise. This project hopes to encourage people who have dementia and their carers to be able to get involved in exercise, where they feel comfortable and safe. The study hopes dance exercise will become part of the typical non pharmacological treatments that are considered for people who have dementia. Niamh’s supervision team include Dr. Clare McDermott, Dr. Fiona Skelly, Dr. Kieran Dowd, Prof Desmond O’Neill and Dr. Noel McCaffery
Niamh studied sport and exercise science in I.T. Carlow and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in 2020. She studied sports performance analysis in I.T. Carlow for her Master’s degree and graduated in 2021. She completed a work placement at ExWell medical in Dublin in 2019. Which led to an interest to working in this area of sport and exercise science.