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Up Senior Fitness

From the Experience! Archives

If your facility is planning to
launch a senior-specific exercise program or if you’d like to infuse
new life into existing services to ensure their continued success,
this article by SFA President Janie Clark offers some suggestions on
how to start or ramp up your senior fitness programming.

for Vital Living

Don’t miss this five part
series from wellness expert Jan Montague, MGS.

  1. Why Wellness? Why Now?

  2. The Wellness Concept

  3. The Six Dimensions of Personal

  4. Research and the Wellness Model

  5. Nurture a Wellness State of Mind

International Curriculum Guidelines

for Preparing Physical Activity
Instructors of Older Adults.

This 2004 industry leading
document was prepared by  Nancy A. Ecclestone, Canada and C.
Jessie Jones, United States in Collaboration with the Aging and Life
Course, World Health Organization.

National Standards
for Preparing
Senior Fitness Instructors

The original groundbreaking standards document by SFA Advisory
Board member C. Jesse Jones, J. & SFA President Janie Clark was
first published in 1998 in the Journal of Aging and Physical
Activity 6, 207-221

Whole-Person Wellness for Seniors

noteworthy is happening in Lenexa, Kansas. SFA professional Jan
Montague, MGS, and her colleagues are conducting a major wellness
initiative at Lenexa’s Lakeview Village life-care community.


Maestro David
Dworkin brings a new excitement to fitness with his innovative
exercise program Conductorcise

Yoga for the

An informative update
on the most current scientific evidence of yoga’s restorative powers by
Sara Kooperman and Lisa Ackerman

Slowing Down To Reinvigorate

The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) hopes you’ll enjoy this
essay which ponders connections among retirement, travel, fitness and
health in a modern and ever-changing world.

Note: When the article above was published

we asked SFA
members to tell us about their favorite getaways and vacation spots —
especially exercise-friendly places where mature adults can conveniently
enjoy wholesome physical activity.
Click here
to check out some of the surprising responses we received!


Click on “Trendsetters” to learn more about Ward Luthi, Christine
Schnitzer, Maggie Spilner
and their innovative Walk 500 program. 

More from the archives:

International Curriculum Guidelines

for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults.

for Preparing Senior Fitness Instructors
Jones, J. & Clark (1998), Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 6,

Strength Training Elderly Nursing Home Patients

Research from

Dr. Wayne Westcott:  

Keeping Fit

Positive Approach to the Aging Process: Dr. Wayne Westcott

Senior Fitness Internship Program
an exciting opportunity to get “hands-on” older adult fitness experience
and to earn SFA approved continuing education credits all at no charge!

Successful Wellness Centers: A Case Study
Take this opportunity to learn from successful professionals regarding
the creation of a successful senior wellness program. An informative
article by
Montague, Wiley Piazza and Kim Peters of Montague, Eippert and



Senior Exercise Instructors, if you’re feeling tired, worn out and
uncreative, here is some sound advice from Mary Ann Wilson, R.N.,
host of PBS television’s popular exercise series SIT AND BE FIT.  

Speaking Their Language

Communicating the Message of Physical Activity to Older Adults Just Got
Easier from Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on
Active Aging (ICAA)

Senior Fitness Exercise Case Study

In this
case study, an 82-year old, male Alzheimer’s patient, in relatively
good health, has been referred to SFA certified Senior Personal
Trainer, Bev Mickelson, M.A., for an exercise program. The study
demonstrates the importance of being adaptable, patient and
persistent when working with elderly populations.

Market Your Way Out of a Stuck-at-the-  Bottom Economy:
can grow your senior fitness business in 2005! Click above for the
second in a series of eye opening articles by Roberta Guise, MBA, that
will help you reach your goals! A marketing consultant and speaker, Ms.
Guise owns San Francisco based Guise Marketing and PR.

A Goal for Senior Exercisers – Functional Fitness

Strength Training for Older Adults – What to Expect

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