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Aging and Exercise: Considerations and Special Needs of Older Clients

Format(s):   Home-study
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy
Contact Hours:   3
Registration Fee:   $88

This course will identify the exercise related motivations, benefits and challenges unique to clients over the age of 55 At the end of this course the participant will be able to Cite relevant statistics regarding the American Senior Population Identify major health challenges facing older Americans Define the most common neurological disorders among Americans over age 55 Distinguish major forms of arthritis and other orthopedic conditions List most common forms of cardio and respiratory diseases Recognize exercise variations to assist older clients during strength training Identify accommodations for flexibility techniques Recognize aerobic exercise protocols that suit common client limitations Identify program adjustments for clients using medications Recall human anatomy and physiology as well as responses to programmed exercise Identify an exercise session for an older client who presents with medical issues and special needs common to the target population. Criteria for Completion:A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.

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

Dates and Locations
Register Address:   Home-study
Dates:   01-01-2050 - 01-01-2050, 12:00AM 12:00AM