Improving Functional Abilities in Older Adults

by Cody Sipe, MS on Feb 01, 2007

Improving Functional Abilities in Older Adults Which are the most effective training programs for your mature clients, and how can you best assess their current level of functional ability? By Cody Sipe, MS T The number of people now approaching middle age in America is simply astonishing--and unprecedented in history. It is anticipated that the U.S. population of adults over the age of 65 will more than double by the year 2030--reaching an estimated 71 million people (U.S. Census Bureau 2004). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 27% of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 have difficulty with, or are unable to perform, at least one basic activity of daily living (National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS] 2006). That number climbs to 44% for adults aged 75 and older (NCHS 2006). In addition, it is estimated that 22%

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Cody Sipe, MS

Cody Sipe, MS IDEA Author/Presenter

Associate Professor and club owner with over 20 years of experience specializing in exercise for mature adults. Recipient of numerous industry awards including the IDEA Program Director of the Year. Co-Founder of the Functional Aging Institute ( Visit FAI's website for your free Functional Training Starter Kit and to learn more about the Functional Aging Specialist Certification. Creator of the Never Grow Old Fitness Program (, a follow-along video exercise program for mature adults. Frequent industry speaker and writer.