Senior Living Models Revisited

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Following is a very interesting article by Kay Van Norman, longtime friend of the American Senior Fitness Association (SFA). While extolling the senior living industry’s movement to promote whole-person wellness among older adult residents, she asks some hard questions about today’s "conventional wisdom" on the subject.

We invite you to read Van Norman’s insightful — and controversial — essay "Creating Purpose-Driven Communities" and weigh in with your ideas and comments. You may do so here or on our Facebook page.

Kay Van Norman, MS, is a member of the National Advisory Board of the American Senior Fitness Association and is an internationally known author, speaker and leader in the field of exercise and wellness programming for adults over 50. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she authored Exercise Programming for Older Adults (1995) and its revision Exercise and Wellness for Older Adults (2010), which includes a full chapter on psychosocial aspects of health behaviors, a chapter on programming for senior living environments, and a section on strength and power training. She directed the Keiser Institute on Aging from 2000 to 2003, and currently serves on the boards of the National Council on Aging’s Health Promotion Institute and the International Council on Active Aging. Van Norman, whose business is named Brilliant Aging, can be reached at

This article was originally published in the Journal on Active Aging(R) (September/October 2009), and appears here with the permission of the International Council on Active Aging(R), All rights reserved.


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