Aline is an Associate Professor at the School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Dance at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She is interested in studying and researching the potential use of dance as a complementary therapy to promote quality of life and wellbeing for older adults with or without neurological disorders. In the last six years, she has been leading the community and research project “Dança e Parkinson” at the School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Dance of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
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To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, we need to foster arts-based interventions for people with dementia, helping to increase their quality of life.
Aline is using dance as an intervention for vulnerable older adults with and without neurological disorders. Aline believes in the potential use of the arts to promote brain health in older adults, improving their quality of life and wellbeing.
As an Atlantic Fellow, Aline aims to learn more about brain health in a multicultural context, and to become a better advocate for equity in brain health in her home country Brazil, especially considering issues such as racism and economic vulnerability.
Dementia cases are increasing in Brazil, and innovative approaches, such as arts-based interventions, are needed. Aline is interested in investigating the effects of dance on quality of life and cognition in older population.
Aline received her BSc (Hons) in Physical Education from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, her Specialist Certificate in Sports Science from the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and her PhD in "Medicina y Cirurgía" from the Universidad de Cádiz, Spain. She has a Postdoc in Dance Science at University of Wolverhampton, England. Aline is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Dance, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Her research focuses in the area of dance and its application to health, wellbeing and quality of life of older adults with and without neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s Disease and stroke patients.
Universidad de Cádiz
"Medicina y Cirurgía"
Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul