Easy to administer and score, the "Senior Fitness Test" is a simple method of assessing the physical attributes that older adults need in order to perform daily activities. Health practitioners and fitness and rehabilitation specialists who work with older adults will be able to identify weaknesses that cause mobility problems, set fitness goals and develop exercise programmes that help clients and patients improve mobility and maintain physical independence. The new edition contains expanded information on ways to modify test protocols for older adults with limiting conditions such as osteoporosis, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, stroke, fibromyalgia, heart conditions, multiple sclerosis, hip and knee replacements, chronic renal failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoarthritis and blindness or low vision. It now comes with a DVD containing visual demonstrations of the tests, including setup, execution, evaluation and modification of testing protocols to accommodate clients' limitations.
Roberta E. Rikli, PhD, is professor of kinesiology and dean emeritus of the college of health and human development at California State University in Fullerton and was cofounder of the LifeSpan Wellness Program at Fullerton. For the past two decades she has done extensive work in physical performance assessment with a particular focus on senior fitness. C. Jessie Jones, PhD, is professor and chair of the department of health science at California State University in Fullerton. Dr. Jones is internationally known for her research, programme design, curriculum development and instructor training in the field of exercise science and ageing.
Chapter 1. Fitness Testing in Later Years; Chapter 2. The Senior Fitness Test; Chapter 3. Test Validity, Reliability, Percentile Norms and Criterion-Referenced Fitness Standards; Chapter 4. Test Administration; Chapter 5. Test Results; Chapter 6. Exercise Recommendations for Older Adults.