April 02, 2009
Table of Contents
Vegas, Baby! (NCOA national meeting)
SFA Honored (Accepts
Best Practice Award)
(A vast exchange of knowledge)
Feeling Lucky (What a
great place for a conference)
- Brain Fitness Linked to Financial Fitness
Brain Fitness Linked to Financial Fitness
Despite our headline, the American Senior Fitness Association (SFA)
has not uncovered scientific evidence that personal wealth improves
cognitive function -- although there's a case to be made that the stress
of financial hardship may adversely affect it.
we're posting three major announcements about SFA's brain fitness
professional education program, each of which is designed to help your
SFA's new distance-learning course Brain Fitness for Older
Adults: How to Incorporate Cognitive Fitness into Physical Activity
Programming is preapproved for 2.0 American Council on Exercise
(ACE) continuing education credits (CECs). ACE professionals need to
earn 2.0 ACE-approved CECs every two years for certification
renewal. That is comparable to 20 contact hours of continuing
education. SFA's brain fitness program fulfills this requirement
economically -- all in one high-value course.
A new educational DVD has joined the learning resources provided
by SFA's Brain Fitness for Older Adults professional training
program. In addition to the PBS documentary "The Brain Fitness
Program," course participants now also receive "Brain Fitness 2:
Sight & Sound." This film explores the premise that, regarding the
aging process, our brain ultimately holds the key to personal
independence. The American Senior Fitness Association is making this
additional educational tool available at no increase in program
price. "Brain Fitness 2: Sight & Sound" elaborates on a number of
study topics addressed by Brain Fitness for Older Adults.
These subjects involve the visual, auditory, and vestibular systems.
Students will learn why synesthesia is significant to the
study of cognitive function, why one's "useful field of view" is
critically important to personal independence, why modern
neuroscientists are keenly interested in optical illusions, and
On top of these value-added program enhancements, Brain
Fitness for Older Adults is now being offered at spring savings
rates, but only through Wednesday, April 15, 2009. For complete
please click here.
National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA)
joined together to present the 2009 Aging in America Conference in Las
Vegas on March 15-19, 2009. The immense national convention featured
hundreds of educational symposiums, lectures, and workshops. The
activities were held in the well-appointed meeting facilities of Bally's
Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas. As stated in the 212-page conference
guide: "As a member of this dynamic conference community you are among
leaders in the field exploring the new ideas, new approaches, latest
research and future opportunities essential to your continued success."
American Senior Fitness Association Honored
During the Aging in America Conference, SFA officials were
pleased to accept the 2009 Best Practices in Health Promotion and
to the National Council on Aging's Health Promotion Institute: "This
award recognizes a program, initiative, or service that enhances the
health and wellness of older adults."
The proceedings began with an educational seminar on the morning of
March 17, during which SFA president Janie Clark gave a PowerPoint
presentation outlining the association's mission, professional support
services, contributions to senior fitness scientific research, and
leadership on older adult quality-of-life initiatives. SFA was
specifically saluted for its professional education systems that prepare
older adult physical fitness trainers, instructors, and recreational
Also recognized were: the Wellness Garden Program innovated by
Glacier Hills Retirement Community, New Vitality's whole-person health
and wellness program, and Oasis evidence-based health programs. In
coming weeks, Experience! will showcase instructive details
regarding NCOA award-winning health and wellness strategies, in
particular the wellness garden concept, which senior fitness
professionals are sure to find charming and practical to implement.
That evening, it was off to the awards reception, at which SFA
president Janie Clark spoke again briefly and the American Senior
Fitness Association formally received the 2009 Best Practices Award in
Health Promotion and Wellness.
The Aging in America Conference was attended by a wide range
of service providers including physicians, nurses, occupational and
recreational therapists, health-fitness and wellness professionals,
nursing home administrators, assisted living facilities administrators,
gerontologists, mental health professionals, social workers, and others.
sessions addressed a plethora of topics, including: fall prevention,
senior center operations, older adult ministries, drug and alcohol
dependency, volunteerism in older adults, business and clinical practice
considerations, hospice and palliative care, retirement planning, public
policies, geriatric research, age-related cultural and minority issues,
technological advances, medical innovations, depression, dementia,
family caregiving, physical activity -- the list goes on and on.
emphasis was placed on the provision of evidence-based services and
programming. Following is only a brief sampler of the extensive menu of
interesting program titles:
Creating and Nurturing Connection Through Art
Equipping Communities to Prepare for Boomers
Seniors4Kids: Intergenerational Advocacy Works
Laughing Your Way to Wellness
50-Plus Marketing: From Age-Based to Age-Less?
Community Approach to Cognitive Fitness
Fit and Strong! An Evidence-Based Program
Politics of Aging in the 21st Century
How to Have Difficult Conversations
Changing the Culture of Long-Term Care Through Activities
Personality Disorders in Older Adults
Positive Psychology: Building on the Strengths of Age
The Doctor Is In! Referral to Wellness Programs
The Other Side of the Coin: How Can We Deal With Unsuccessful
Senior Transportation: Technology-Related Initiatives
Four Stages of Retirement: Meeting Changing Needs
The Bridge That Links Behavioral and Physical Health
The preceding short-list of presentation examples does not scratch
the surface of the myriad educational opportunities available to
attendees of the 2009 Aging in America Conference. With so much to see
and do, the challenge for most participants was choosing among an
overabundance of compelling options! As you can see, many topics in
addition to senior fitness were explored during this comprehensive
summit, creating an environment reflective of the many factors at play
in today's aging society.
Keenly aware that an all-work-no-play approach to life acts
against optimal brain fitness, SFA officers were able to avoid that risk
in Las Vegas! "I'm not into gaming," says
Janie Clark, "but I do love
the bright lights and spectacle of Las Vegas."
Grant Clark deadpans, "Coming as we did from a quiet beach town in
Florida, we found ample opportunity to cognitively process much novel
stimuli, including the Mirage volcano, Treasure Island's pirate ship,
Bellagio's fountains, and the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas."
Janie enjoyed the shopping at Caesars Palace Forum Shops and Planet
Hollywood's Miracle Mile Shops. "I experienced a major shoe emergency
shortly before the awards ceremony, but was able to resolve it perfectly
with some intensive Las Vegas shopping."
Tourist accounts aside, the 2009 Aging in America Conference was a
success by every measure. On a more serious note, additional conference
highlights, including the profiles of selected exhibitors, will be
shared in upcoming issues of Experience!
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