Aging and Exercise: Considerations and Special Needs of Older Clients


Course Description

While the benefits of exercise are widely accepted, there is still a shortage of information and guidance to the special needs and considerations of older clients.  This course will identify the exercise related motivations, benefits and challenges unique to clients over the age of 55.  Student will learn of some of the most common health issues faced by Senior clients, and the important adjustments to exercise needed to accommodate the target population.  The class includes changes in human physiology, psychology and social position related to aging.  Also featured is a synopsis of some of the most prevalent medications among older Americans and how these medications affect exercise planning.  Specific exercise techniques are recommended which have been shown to be safe and effective for clients over age 55.

This Seminar-on-Demand is 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Course Outline: 

Hour 1

  • Display figures from census and other government sources
  • List health issues by category:  skeletal, neurological, cardiac, muscular
  • Discuss stroke, neuralgia, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Dimentia
  • Discuss osteoarthritis, rheumatoid and gouty arthritis
  • Define heart attack, arteriosclerosis, and stroke
  • Illustrate alterations in starting position

Hour 2

  • Describe accommodating equipment
  • Present alternate start positions
  • Discuss limits in motion and range
  • List additional methods of measuring intensity
  • Suggest extra safety precautions
  • Discuss medication effect on heart rate response
  • List precautions for diabetic client

Hour 3

  • Discuss basic anatomy of skeletal, muscular and nervous systems
  • Present mechanisms of circulation and respiration
  • Discuss fundamental exercise programming principles
  • Present cautions and accommodations for older clients
  • Account for effects and side effects of medications
Contact Hours: 3
Video Course Format: Video
Target Audience: ATC/LAT, MT/LMT, OT/COTA, PT/PTA
Instructional Level: Intermediate BOC Level of Difficulty: Advanced