In ACSM’s Exercise for Older Adults world-renowned researchers and practitioners
make a compelling case for older adults to engage in physical activity. Over
the course of ten chapters, the text highlights the physiological, psychological,
and social benefits of a physically active lifestyle. Students and professionals
will benefit from implementation strategies including motivation to initiate
and maintain exercise; options for healthy older adults; options for older adults
with special needs; and assessing progress and performance. The text completes
its presentation by including practical information on integrating exercise
into complete healthy lifestyles with consideration to helping individuals select
a physical activity program that works. A frequently asked questions chapter
provides exercise professionals with resources to anticipate and respond to
- Chapter Introductions and Chapter Outlines at the beginning of each chapter provide an overview of important concepts.
- Key Point boxes illustrate terms, definitions, and ideas.
- Real-Life Stories, or vignettes, describe older adults who have successfully implemented physical activity programs.
- Questions for Reflection help students review what they have learned and encourage students to engage in critical thinking.
The American College of Sports Medicine, founded in 1954, is the world’s largest sports medicine and exercise science organization with more than 45,000 national, regional, and international members and certified professionals in more than 90 countries. With professionals representing more than 70 occupations, ACSM offers a 360-degree view of sports medicine and exercise science. From academicians to students and from personal trainers to physicians, the association of public health, health/fitness, clinical exercise, and health care professionals is dedicated to helping people worldwide live longer, healthier lives through science, education, medicine, and policy. For more information, visit www.acsm.org, www.acsm.org/facebook, and www.twitter.com/acsmnews.
Table of Contents
1 Understanding Human Aging
2 Physiological and Psychological Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults
3 Active Living - Options and Benefits for Seniors
4 Motivating Older Adults to Initiate and Maintain Physically Active Lifestyles
5 Physical Activity Options for Healthy Older Adults
6 Active Options for Older Adults with Special Issues and Concerns
7 Assessing Progress and Performance in Older Adults
8 Healthy Lifestyles in Old Age – Integrating Physical Activity with Stress Reduction, Healthy Eating and other Wellness Strategies
9 Helping Older Adults Select the Physical Activity Program that's Right for Them
10 Frequently Asked Questions by Older Adults