Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of Special Reports that will appear in IDEA Health & Fitness Source throughout the year. The goal of these Special Reports is to investigate timely industry issues in an impartial manner to create a dialogue among fitness professionals.
industry watch: program trends
CONNECTING WITH YOUR SENIOR CLIENTS
Since clients 55 and older constitute the fastest-growing membership segment in health clubs and fitness centers across the United States, there's a great need for innovative senior programming to stay competitive. What do you have to know to create a successful senior program? "Define `seniors' first," recommends Deborah Redder, n...
Water Exercise for Seniors Improves Living on Land
BY M ARY E. SANDERS, M S
Why aquatic fitness programs help older adults exercise in a safe environment.
Research shows that physical activity plays an important role in maintaining health into older adulthood. And among older adults themselves, exercise has been linked to reductions in premature mortality, functional decline, disability and...
Working With ClientsWith
How fitness professionals can use exercise to enhance quality of life in seniors afflicted with this form of dementia.
While advances in medicine have extended our average life expectancy, many of the diseases associated with aging continue to challenge the scientific community. Chief among these is Alzheimer's disease (AD), which primarily ...
B Y J E F F R E Y M . J A N OT, M S, A N D L E N K R AV I T Z , P H D
Maxim izing Functional Abilities in the Older Adult
A research review comparing the benefits of resistance versus cardiovascular training.
What is the biggest challenge facing our nation's health care system in this new century?
Some might guess it is finding a cure for ravaging diseases, such as cancer, or meeting the l...
Intergenerational fitness programs-- BY APRIL DURRETT programs that engage persons of different generations in a fitness activity--serve many purposes. They increase the fitness levels of seniors and the aging baby boom generation and provide an opportunity for parents and children to bond while exercising together. Perhaps more important, they bridge the age...
Expert tips on maintaining health and fitness
Supplements for Older Adults
f you are between the ages of 50 and 70 and want to maximize your health, follow these vitamin and mineral recommendations from nutrition expert Jane Pentz, PhD, owner of Lifestyle Management Associates in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Of course, it is important to check with your doctor as this informa...
Heidi M. Weingart, MA, and Len Kravitz, PhD
Resistance Training and Bone Mass
esearch has begun to emphasize the potential benefits of adding resistance training to an exercise regimen, especially for elderly persons. Among the benefits for seniors are improved strength, bone mineral density and daily living performance, which can raise independence for this population while low...
nutrition older adults
What nutrients do older adults need to maximize their health and wellness?
By Jane Pentz, PhD
ach year the number of men and women who reach their 100th birthday grows worldwide. Advances in medicine, education and lifestyle continue to help humans enjoy longer and healthier lives. While scientific breakthroughs have greatly benefitted man collectively, individual h...
“My goal this year really is to focus on teaching classes that attract deconditioned and aging populations. However, I am stuck on what to call such classes—how to strike that tricky balance between identifying my market and not alienating anyone. How much do deconditioned and 50-plus exercisers want to be separated and labeled? Also, how different should the exercise content be from the content of mainstream beginning and intermediate classes?”