According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls account for the highest number of accidental injury deaths in adults 65 years and older. To address this concern, more and more fitness facilities are offering balance training for their older members. Should you?
Effect of High-Intensity Resistance
Exercise on Elderly Bones
Vincent, K.R., & Braith, R.W. Resistance exercise and bone turnover in elderly men and women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 34 (1), 17-23.
ACSM has issued a new Position Stand advising fitness professionals on the proper way to add load or resistance to an existing weight training regimen. “Progression Models in Resistance Training for Healthy Adults” was published in the February issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
A new study indicates that older women who consume too much vitamin A may increase their risk of hip fracture. Researchers found that women with the highest total intake of vitamin A, from both fortified food and multivitamin supplements, had double the risk of hip fracture compared to women with the lowest intake. The study appeared in the January 2, 2002, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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...
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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...
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 ...
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...