Sue Scott is the author of ABLE Bodies Balance Training. In this brief audio clip, Sue discusses what instructors need to consider when working with older adults, and some of the challenges older adults face.
Sue Scott, MS, is an exercise consultant, balance specialist, and active living consultant. In her work with older adults and through her fitness company, Renewable Fitness, Scott focuses on bettering the health and well-being of seniors, particularly frail older adults.
Scott has over 10 years of experience working exclusively with seniors and fitness. She has worked in fitness as an educator, researcher, consultant, and personal trainer since 1986. She is certified as an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) health and fitness instructor and an International Dance Exercise Association(IDEA) master trainer.
Scott is the creator of the Adventures in Better Living through Exercise (ABLE) Bodies Balance Improvement Protocols. A National Blueprint on Active Aging grant in 2003 enabled Scott to research the effectiveness of the ABLE Bodies balance techniques in a randomized, controlled trial. In 2005, Scott presented her findings at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference in Nashville as well as the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) conference in Norway and the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Philadelphia.
In addition to teaching group fitness classes and personal training for seniors, Scott is collaborating with Fay Horak, PhD, John Nutt, MD, and others at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) to develop an at-home exercise program to delay mobility losses in Parkinson’s patients. She is also working with OHSU biomedical engineers Misha Pavel and Holly Jimmison, PhD, to develop interactive exercise videos for frail seniors and for those with Alzheimer’s.
In her free time, Scott enjoys skiing, mountain biking, gardening, and vacationing with her family. She and her husband, Rick, and their two children reside in Happy Valley, Oregon.