Older adults are liable to resist exercise, yet remaining active is crucial in enabling them to retain or regain a reasonable quality of life. This book is an illustrated guide for activity professionals working with mature adults over the age of 65, especially those who have reduced quality of life and are unable to complete daily activities due to poor functional fitness levels. This book includes a variety of specialist activity programmes to meet the needs of participants, without requiring a vast budget. There are nine short programmes to choose from. Three of these are specifically designed to strengthen the major muscle groups used to perform daily activities and each is targeted toward a different fitness level.
Patricia A. Brill Ph.D has worked for the last decade conducting research and designing exercise programmes for older adults. She has developed and produced five exercise and training videos for seniors as well as ten different exercise illustrated guides. She has published over 25 peer-reviewed research articles, co-authored a fitness prescription provider guide for physicians and health professionals and has presented on exercise for older adults at over 15 US conferences over the last 8 years.
Part I Functional Fitness in Older Adults; Chapter 1. Functional Independence and Quality of Life; Chapter 2. Activity Programming for Older Adults; Chapter 3. Exercise Guidelines for Special Populations; Part II Functional Fitness Programs; Chapter 4. General Functional Fitness Programs; Chapter 5. Functional Fitness Programs for Specific Health Conditions; Part III Exercises Instructions and Program Guide Sheets; Chapter 6. Exercise Instructions; Chapter 7. Program Guide Sheets