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Exercise for older adults : ACE's guide for fitness professionals
Cotton, Richard T. (Richard Thomas), 1951-
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : American Council on Exercise ; Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1998]

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xiii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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RA777.6 .E96 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Never before has there been such a demand for fitness professionals who recognize and understand the special needs of older adults. Written by top experts from the fields of exercise physiology and psychology, Exercise for Older Adults provides clear, comprehensive guidelines for fitness professionals who wish to better serve this growing community.

Developed under the leadership of the American Council on Exercise, this practical manual shows fitness professionals how to provide safe and effective exercise instruction for older adults. It presents basic principles to help readers understand and meet older adults' special physical needs:

-Physiology of aging and exercise

-Physiological and psychological benefits of exercise

-Principles of exercise prescription for older adults
Exercise for Older Adults also clarifies the unique social and emotional implications that characterize this population. The authors provide valuable techniques and tools for motivating and communicating with older adults.

Author Notes

With more than 30,000 certified professionals world-wide, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a leader in the fitness industry, offering certifications for personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and lifestyle and weight management consultants. The organization strives "to enable all segments of society to enjoy the benefits of physical activity" through continuing education for professionals and through practical resources such as Exercise for Older Adults.

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The benefits of physical activity are numerous and can impact quality of life; as the population continues to age and live longer, fitness activities and programming are necessary for the older segment of the population. The title of this book gives the impression that it focuses only on exercises and exercise prescription appropriate for older adults. However, it does more. The first three chapters present physiological, psychological, motivational, and medical factors affecting older adults. Chapter 4 provides the practitioner with screening and assessment techniques, chapter 5 gives exercise techniques, and chapter 6 covers programming issues appropriate for older adults. A short glossary is also available. Older adults have unique fitness and exercise needs that are appropriately addressed in this book. Pictures of older adults demonstrating exercises add credibility; the text is easy to read and understand and is organized in a practical, logical manner. This is a valuable tool for practitioners (e.g., activity coordinators and personal trainers) and health professionals who work with older adult populations. N. L. Goggin; University of North Texas

Table of Contents

ForewordSheryl Marks Brown
IntroductionRichard T. Cotton
Chapter 1 Physiology of Aging and ExerciseWojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko
Chapter 2 Understanding and Motivating Older AdultsSheri Tompson and Susan J. Hoekenga
Chapter 3 Common Health Challenges Faced by Older AdultsJames H. Rimmer
Chapter 4 Pre-Exercise Screening and Fitness AssessmentGregory Welch
Chapter 5 Older Adult Exercise TechniquesJanie Clark
Chapter 6 Exercise Programming and LeadershipKay Van Norman