I know with working with old people that they love to feel younger (obviously) but do things that they can conquer easily so they feel encouraged and slowly progress from there. Also make sure you have easy exercises that don’t require a long explanation.
Hope this helps,
you did not mention whether you work with the clients one-on-one or in a group which makes a world of difference because one-on-one you can evaluate the individual and do a program based on your assessment. As you well know, there is hardly an age group as diverse in abilities as the one you have been defining.
I am not sure whether there are any new ideas I have to offer. Your Pilates certification certainly would have given appropriate modifications for a group where you have to be concerned about osteoporosis, and if you teach this as a group, I would modify for the entire class accordingly.
Working with adults in that age group myself, I noticed a difference in self-perception, particularly in the lower end of your defined age range. I am observing greater confidence in their bodies’ abilities because we are encountering a generation that has already exercised in their youth and maybe with Jane Fonda. They do not want to be treated as ‘older population’, and the language we use needs to reflect that.
I love working with this particular population
I have found so much inspiration and gratitude training adults in this age group
I work on balance and reactionary timing, we do memory games, word games and I marvel at the tenacity and will of my clients during all of it!
Pilates is great! As with any age group, teach according to ability and make it social
Hello Donna Teed,
What I have found is that the older population has a difficult time speaking up and describing things properly.
If you can get them to open up about how the moves are affecting them instead of blindly trusting the trainer, you will be able to do a better job.
Getting them to tell me what body part is affected is mislabeled, also.
So…define “hurt” and “feel” and have them point to the body part in question.
Now that they trust you, they will open up and give you ideas if you discuss ADLs before and after class.
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I teach SilverSneakers Yoga to older students and have found great success in incorporating a chair into our class. This allows the student to build strength and practice balance over time. It also adds security for the student and allows them to focus and relax more easily in the poses, reducing anxiety and promoting confidence.