Course components are delivered as printed products:
3 training manuals
The Brain Fitness Project CD
Continuing education exam
Brain Fitness for Older Adults Print CE Course is a brain fitness program based on neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to change, adapt, and even rewire itself. Gain insight into how the brain works and how to make it perform with more agility, speed, and comprehension.
This course covers brain anatomy and physiology; cognitive functioning and the aging brain; links between physical exercise and memory; the role of mental stimulation in cognitive health; social, psychological, and emotional influences on cognition; and activities to promote beneficial physical and functional brain change. At the conclusion of the course, you may take a continuing education exam for credit through participating organizations.
Name and explain the seven tenets of neuroplasticity's capacity to drive positive change in the adult brain.
Name and explain the four requirements in order to achieve optimal brain plasticity.
Understand and discuss six turning points in the history of neuroscience that occurred between 1906 and the present, and name the scientists and physicians associated with those breakthroughs.
Locate eight major structures of the human brain on anatomical diagrams and explain their primary functions.
Define 76 medical and scientific terms related to the subject of cognitive health.
Specify the relationship between cognitive fitness and each of 15 prevalent mental and physical health issues: elevated or unmanaged stress levels, sleep disorders, cardiovascular disease, stroke, brain injury, depression, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, chronic pain syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, vision loss, hearing deficit, and postural instability.
Specify the relationship between cognitive fitness and each of 11 influential lifestyle factors: physical activity levels, social support and interaction, personal interests and hobbies, skill development and maintenance, formal and informal educational levels, life experience and lifelong learning, professional work and volunteerism, travel, the arts, pet ownership, and positive or negative mental attitudes.
Understand and put into use the American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) recommendations for incorporating cognitive fitness activities into physical activity programming.
Identify and put into use three major differences between the design and implementation of cognitive fitness activities for active, independent seniors and those for frail elderly long-term care residents.
Explain and put into use 12 separate criteria by which to evaluate the merit of specific activity ideas in terms of their potential effectiveness as cognitive fitness undertakings.
Use a 25-item cognitive fitness activity checklist and a 19-item activity action plan worksheet to assess and develop older adult brain fitness activity ideas for implementation in the physical fitness setting.
Conduct 25 specific SFA Brain Fitness Project activities in the senior fitness setting in order to promote the cognitive health of older adult physical activity participants.
Brain Fitness for Older Adults: How to Incorporate Cognitive Fitness Into Physical Activity Programming
Chapter 1. Mental Fitness: A Brief Overview Chapter 2. Exercise and Cognitive Health Chapter 3. Mental Stimulation and Cognitive Health Chapter 4. Blending Physical Exercise with Specific Brain-Health Activities
The Brain Fitness Project Practical Applications System #1 Stress Management: Series One
Part 1: The Basics Part 2: The Activities
Brain Fitness Key Points and Historical Highlights
Key topics in brain fitness
The blindfold study
A man’s lost memory
Sources and recommended reading
A continuing education course for physical activity instructors working
with older adults in fitness settings, including senior wellness
centers, assisted living facilities, and retirement residences.
Janie Clark, MA, is president of the American Senior Fitness
Association and recipient of the National Council on Aging's Best
Practice Award for professional education programming. She recently
served on the National AFib Support Team sponsored by sanofi-aventis
pharmaceutical corporation to promote public and professional education
regarding atrial fibrillation. An older adult health and fitness expert,
she has appeared in numerous media venues, including the Healthline
program on Retirement Living TV. She is a contributing author and
consultant to the national and international curriculum guidelines for
senior fitness professionals and a member of the national scientific
advisory board for the LifeSpan project to develop functional fitness
assessments for older adults. She is the author of numerous books and
articles, including Seniorcise, Full Life Fitness; Exercise
Programming for Older Adults, “Brain Fitness for Older Adults,” and
“Quality-of-Life Fitness.” She is a contributor to a number of
influential textbooks, including Exercise for Older Adults: ACE’s
Guide for Fitness Professionals, AFAA's Fitness Theory & Practice,
and Jones' and Rose's Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults.
Janie Clark holds a master's degree in exercise physiology with an
emphasis in older adult studies from the University of Central Florida
and has more than 25 years of experience in the senior health and
"Many thanks for a wonderful course. The valuable information was
straightforward and in language I could understand—precise without being
lofty. I currently teach yoga and tai chi, mainly to seniors. This
course will enhance my own life and those of my students greatly. Thank
you so much!"
"I liked everything about the course and learned how the brain
functions and adapts. The complete lesson plans are very useful. Can't
wait to include cognitive fitness into my classes."
Nicole C.—Ontario, Canada
"It was fascinating. I learned so much, it answered many questions I
have had for years, and it did away with many myths that I had about the
brain. Janie Clark, you did a fine job. A difficult subject, but you
made it understandable. Thank you."
"The curriculum was very well written and formatted for effective
learning. Excellent! Thank you! Recently, at age 58, I earned an MS in
education that focused on developing effective teaching and learning
programs. In my humble opinion, the Brain Fitness for Older Adults
program deserves an A+. Thank you."