Take Five – Closing Thoughts

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Although the numerous authorities referenced in this special issue of Experience! may approach the challenges of quantifying and describing the aging process from various angles, a close look at their works reveals their positions to be complementary. All are aware that an over-emphasis on chronological age could inaccurately stereotype people according to the number of years they have lived.

"These kinds of complexities illustrate to a large degree why SFA has always stressed the importance of individualization in older adult fitness programming," says Janie Clark. "This includes obtaining medical clearance for exercise and seeking relevant input from the client’s health care professional. The client’s lifestyle, physical activity history, and personal interests must be taken into account. On another practical front, easy-to-administer functional fitness testing methods can be implemented in the workplace to help determine functional status, plan appropriate programming, and track the progress of senior physical fitness participants."

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