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In this course you will learn to make your facility safe and inviting for older adults. You’ll learn about the specific design elements needed in facilities with older clients and the types of aerobic, strength and resistance, flexibility, and balance training equipment designed for older adults, including wheelchair-accessible options.
Adults over the age of 65 are one of the fastest-growing populations today. If you’re looking to attract members of this group to your club, Managing Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults: Facilities and Equipment offers all of the information you need to better accommodate older adults. In this course you will learn to make your facility both safe and inviting for older members.
The course first examines facility standards. You’ll learn about the specific design elements needed in facilities with older clients and ways to lay out the equipment and furniture according to current industry guidelines. You will also explore other facility-related issues including signage and the elements that help to create a welcoming environment for all of your older participants, including those with health conditions or mobility issues. The second part of the course addresses equipment. You will look at the various types of aerobic, strength and resistance, flexibility, and balance training equipment designed for older adults, including wheelchair-accessible options, so you can choose the appropriate pieces for your facility. You will also learn to take a health history of your clients, which will allow you to pinpoint any conditions that may require special attention. The course then offers tips for implementing basic exercise modifications based on the information you’ve collected.
Throughout the course, content expert Michelle Streif shares insights and tips from her experience as owner and operator of a fitness center specializing in programs for older adults. Interactive learning activities will help you better apply the information you’ve learned to your own facility. Video and audio segments make learning enjoyable and help you enhance your understanding of key concepts. You’ll also receive downloadable resources, including a heat stress index chart and a sample health questionnaire, which you’ll be able to use in your facility well after you’ve completed the course.