Positive lifestyle choices can help older adults increase "health span" and maintain independence
For the past two decades, government and media outlets have predicted dire consequences resulting from aging world populations. However, the problems predicted to occur as a result of aging populations stem from advanced disability rather than just advanced age.
Psychosocial barriers must be considered when designing wellness programs for older adults
Failure to address psychosocial aspects of physical activity participation and failure to apply behavior change concepts to program design can consistently low participation rates in both community-based and senior-living-based venues.
Exercise and Wellness for Older Adults, Second Edition, features an age-neutral focus on maximizing functional ability for older adults with 120 land-based and 72 water-based programming options. It also helps readers shift from a focus on fitness to a whole-person wellness approach.
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Exercise and Wellness for Older Adults, Second Edition, is an introduction to aging and wellness and an essential guide to creating exercise and wellness programs for older adults, regardless of age or physical challenge. Readers will find the latest information on strength and power training and learn how to apply it to improve the functional abilities of older adults. The text provides a framework to help readers make the critical shift from expectations of decline to an age-neutral focus on maximizing functional ability.
The text, formerly titled Exercise Programming for Older Adults, has been thoroughly updated to reflect the broad-based focus encompassing all aspects of wellness rather than just fitness. The author introduces the whole-person wellness concept, which fully engages individuals and helps them succeed in their pursuit of lifelong health and well-being. Specific strategies and exercises are presented to help professionals integrate the six dimensions of wellness (physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and vocational) into their programs. This edition includes a new chapter on identifying and overcoming the unseen or overlooked psychosocial barriers to participation in wellness programs and engaging adults in healthy habits. It also offers new information on program development, including techniques for creating and promoting programs in both senior living and community-based environments.
Like the first edition, Exercise and Wellness for Older Adults continues to provide a collection of easy-to-follow exercises for both water- and land-based programming. The book also offers guidelines on addressing programming for adults with functional limitations and special conditions. Both students and professionals can learn and improve programming efforts using the following features:
120 land-based programming options including chair, chair-assisted, low-impact aerobic, and resistance-training exercises
72 water-based programming options including range of motion, flotation and aerobic exercises, and exercises for clients with arthritis, all fully illustrated with underwater photos
Case studies and testimonials that illustrate the potential results from participation in wellness and exercise programs
A progression of exercises for both land- and water-based programs that allow greater flexibility to meet individual needs
Wellness wrap-ups at the end of each chapter that emphasize the psychosocial aspects that can enhance and promote exercises and overall wellness
Project MOVE, an approach that uses psychosocial research to motivate older adults to engage in wellness offerings
Exercise and Wellness for Older Adults gives readers the knowledge and tools to change their mind-set and approach to programming, helping their clients improve their overall fitness, health, and vitality.
Chapter 1. Aging and Wellness
Aging World Populations
Profile of Older Americans
Attitudes Toward Aging
Challenging Barriers and Changing Needs
Adult Wellness: The Big Picture
Chapter 2. Exercise Science and Changes in Functional Ability
Exercise Physiology and Aging Systems
Physical Conditions Requiring Special Consideration
Chapter 3. Psychosocial Aspects of Programming
Understanding Psychosocial Concepts
Identifying Psychosocial Barriers
Applying Psychosocial Concepts
A New Model
Chapter 4. Programming Guidelines
Providing a Well-Rounded Exercise Program
Components of a Fitness Class
Chapter 6. Water-Based Programming
Special Considerations for Water-Exercise Classes
Arthritis Water Exercise
Chapter 7. Developing and Promoting Your Program
Working in Community-Based Environments
Promoting Your Exercise Program
Working in Senior-Living Environments
Meeting Senior-Living Challenges and Opportunities
Crafting a Culture of Wellness
A textbook for introductory courses in fitness, exercise, or programming for older adults. A reference for exercise instructors and recreation and activity leaders working with adults, wellness and exercise program directors in community- and retirement-based environments, and fitness instructors pursuing certification specializations.
Kay Van Norman is currently president of Brilliant Aging, a consulting firm specializing in exercise and wellness program design for older adults, development, and staff training. She taught in the department of health and human development at Montana State University for 18 years. For nine of those years she was also program director for Young at Heart, a university-based nonprofit exercise program for older adults. She went on to serve as director of the Keiser Institute on Aging, an international effort to bridge the gap between research and practice in the fields of gerontology, senior housing, fitness, and wellness.
Van Norman received the Rosabel Koss Honor Award from the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness in 1998 for her service to the profession of older adult fitness. In 2003 she was given the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Health Promotion Institute’s Best Practices Award. She has served on numerous national boards and on the national committee for developing standards for training of senior fitness instructors. She is currently a board member of the International Council on Active Aging, NCOA’s Health Promotion Institute, and the American Senior Fitness Association.
Van Norman earned her master’s degree in physical education from Montana State University in 1981. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on aging and health.