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Spring Has Sprung!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) hopes the first quarter of 2011 has gotten this new year off to a great start for all our members and readers! We’re celebrating Spring with tremendous savings on SFA’s award-winning professional education programs. Applauded by the National Council on Aging, SFA distance-learning continuing education courses are convenient, practical, and comprehensive.

So if you’d like to add a senior-specific fitness credential to your resume, to earn continuing education credits accepted by most fitness organizations or both, be sure to order by Monday, April 4, 2011, and take advantage of these discounts.

Plus, here’s some extra good news for you early birds! Order your program by Monday, March 28, and SFA will pay the shipping.

So don’t delay. Click here to order online or call SFA at 888-689-6791 to take advantage of this special opportunity.

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Looking Back — And Forward — With Smiles

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

During the first quarter of 2011, SFA has begun a number of exciting initiatives including the preparatory stages of two new professional education courses. As these events unfold, look for detailed announcements in Experience! Below are just a few highlights from 2010:

  • SFA president Janie Clark continued to champion older adult quality of life in her role as an effective advocate for optimal senior fitness programming. She served on the National AFib Support Team, which was sponsored by the pharmaceutical corporation sanofi-aventis to promote a better understanding of atrial fibrillation among laypersons, medical personnel, and health-fitness professionals. She appeared on Retirement Living Television and wrote for EP Lab Digest, the news and clinical update publication for electrophysiology professionals. She also gave interviews for articles in Club Industry magazine, the Chicago Tribune, American Fitness magazine (published by AFAA, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), and numerous other media outlets.
  • SFA launched a popular newsletter and website series "Who’s Who in Senior Fitness" which profiles individuals who’ve made key contributions to the field. Upcoming issues of Experience! will feature Kay Van Norman, Jim Evans, and more.
  • The Association signed on to exciting new corporate partnership and distributorship agreements.
  • SFA members achieved numerous worthwhile accomplishments, many of which were documented in Experience! You can access past issues by visiting SFA’s website.
  • SFA’s latest professional education program, Brain Fitness for Older Adults, continued to earn stellar expert reviews, such as the following statement by neuroscientist Dr. Ryan McKim, PsyD: "Drawing on recent neuroscientific research, SFA has designed a thoughtful and progressive training program for senior fitness professionals interested in integrating cognitive fitness into their existing physical activity programs. Recent advances in neuroscience are drawing long overdue attention to the importance of cognitive health. SFA has designed an impressive and well-researched training program for senior fitness professionals."
  • Educational participants gained vital knowledge and expertise from their SFA courses. Below are some commentaries from students who completed their work during the past few months.
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    Specialties

    Thursday, March 24th, 2011 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

    Recent comments on the Brain Fitness for Older Adults professional education program:

  • "I could not put the materials back down because it was so fascinating. I loved the video. Very informative." Margaret, Tennessee
  • "I liked the suggested plans for brain fitness projects, and covering just enough historical and physiological content. Good mix of reading and video content. Very good program." Lori, Virginia
  • "I liked the variety of material — practical and theoretical. The references were excellent, and the additional resources were helpful." Suzanne, Oklahoma
  • "Material presented well. Amount of material is a bit overwhelming." Mary, Pennsylvania
  • "I liked the simplicity of materials and instruction sheet suggestions to complete class." Leslie, California
  • "Very easy to understand — even technical terms made sense." Betty, Illinois
  • "Extremely educational, comprehensive, and practical! Thank you so much for making this unique course available!! It will be invaluable for helping my clients maintain and improve their quality of life!" Hope, Florida
  • Recent comments on the Long Term Care Fitness Leader professional education program:

  • "As an activity coordinator in LTC facilities for the past 12 years, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed studying for this course — Part One and Two! Plan to take more courses from SFA. Will share much of what I’ve learned with the staff at my ALF workplace. Very informative!" Elise, Florida
  • "Great information. Very useful material that can actually be applied to real life situations. Truly enjoyed this applicable material. I was refreshed by the material and I also learned a few new techniques and ideas. Material is very helpful whether as a beginner or a refreshment course. Very good!" Jose, New Mexico
  • "What I liked most about the course — Everything!! I enjoyed all the materials and videos. I liked the way these were organized and boxed in sets for future reference. I liked the wide range of topics covered. I especially enjoyed the in-depth coverage on arthritis, as well as the overview of commonly prescribed medications and their effects on exercise." Mary, Illinois
  • "I liked the conversational, practical writing style. Helpful information." Cathy, Maryland
  • "All great! I liked the information flow and the in-depth info. Great info." Debra, Ohio
  • "I loved all the terrific activity ideas that my frail elderly fitness participants can take part in both safely and successfully. These workouts and activties are fun, beneficial, and easy to conduct. They have my participants smiling, laughing, moving, and engaging with each other. Thanks a million, SFA!!! " Sharie, Florida
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    Staples

    Thursday, March 24th, 2011 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

    Recent comments on the Senior Fitness Instructor professional education program:

  • "I am glad I chose your organization for this course! Great materials! Lots of great information that I can use for reference over and over again! I liked the materials included. I like that you
    had everything to work with. The manual is very good and useful as a reference." Pauline, Washington
  • "I enjoyed having my eyes opened to some very important matters concerning critical areas for seniors." Randall, Texas
  • "Terms I have encountered in my [organization name omitted] exam materials, which weren’t fully explained, were clarified much better with SFA materials. And I like that the course is specifically dealing with seniors and not the whole population." Joan, California
  • "I liked the exercises displayed with each section. It will be helpful in class planning." Cindy, Missouri
  • "I wish more [organization name omitted] credit courses (by other companies) were as well laid out and knowledgeable in their subjects. I have been [organization name omitted] certified for 15 years and this is one of the best correspondence courses! Extremely well organized and, most importantly, the questions and content are useful for this subject area." Rachel, Washington
  • "Thank you for this wonderful program. Though it has taken me a while to complete, it was well worth it. I found both courses (Part One and Two) to be informative and thorough. I look forward to helping others and being a positive role model for the American Senior Fitness Association. Great material! Very informative relative to senior safety during exercise. Enjoyed all aspects… I enjoyed the study of specific exercises and programs for senior adults — also, information regarding nutrition. I would also like to mention the professionalism of the staff at SFA, particularly Grant. He is always kind, polite and able to answer my questions. Thank you!" Sydney, Michigan
  • "I love this course! I like your open book approach. I learned so much. Once I opened the book I could not put it down. I love the exercise plans as well as the motivation chapter. Thanks! I liked all the information about risk factors and senior nutrition. I learned a lot. Thanks for this opportunity to become a senior fitness instructor. Although persons aged 65 and older comprise only about 12 percent of the U.S. population, I see my future as a senior fitness instructor wide open." Graziella, New Hampshire
  • "This is one of the best manuals for older adults that I have found in my studies! Many thanks to Janie Clark! The content of the course is excellent and most useful. It was especially helpful having the exercises pictured along with the ‘instructor-to-client’ information and the ‘teaching tips and ideas.’" Mary, Florida
  • "Great review and reinforcement of what I’ve been teaching for years!! I am an RN and have been a group fitness instructor for over 25 years! Thanks for all." Rebecca, North Carolina
  • "Interesting, very informative, very practical and can use right away. The variety offered for different types of health situations and training for many types of clients who want to exercise and get in shape is appreciated." Laurie, Massachusetts
  • "Great program. Will add to my current training schedule for older clients. Enjoyed the reading material. Nicely written, easy to follow." Kathryn, California
  • "The information content was interesting and easy to understand. The staff is excellent and very accessible." Linda, Nevada
  • "I liked the content. Good course!" Jane, New York
  • "I gained a better understanding of the benefits of exercise for the older adult population." Sylvia, Tennessee
  • "I liked the organization of material. Great course!" Sophia, Massachusetts
  • "I liked the simplicity." Adam, Minnesota
  • "The detail on the exercise routines — excellent! And the pictures were very helpful. I appreciate the workbooks for future reference. Very comprehensive." Beth, California
  • "Instantly useable information. Extremely in-depth. Very informative." Melissa, Ohio
  • "Very thorough and organized by subject areas." Juliana, Colorado
  • "Well organized, easy to understand, no trick questions on test [happy face symbol]." Kathryn, Massachusetts
  • "I could go at my own pace. I could fill out the exam as I studied. Thanks!!" Laura, North Carolina
  • "Easy to follow." Elaine, Florida
  • "Very thorough and organized presentation." Juliana, Colorado
  • "Wonderful programming ideas, clearly presented. Lots of creative ideas for teaching seniors. DVDs were very enjoyable." Mary, Illinois
  • "Great course. I liked the organization of the information." Nikki, South Carolina
  • "Challenging. I liked the fitness tips I could use right away." Carma, Washington
  • "Very comprehensive. Thoroughly addresses all the aspects of instructing senior fitness classes." Denise, Colorado
  • "I liked the DVDs that show
  • "I liked the overall education principles of senior fitness. I learned about training and teaching older adults and the health risks to consider." Tracy, Texas
  • "Keep up the great work! It was very complete!" Robert, Hawaii
  • "I liked the variety of topics and the depth they were covered, including info on medications. I liked all of the background information about older adults." Jennifer, California
  • "I appreciated the practical tips on setting up classes." Kelly, Nebraska
  • "Appreciated that it was so clear and concise. Made the material more enjoyable to read." Margaret, California
  • "Format, presentation — good." Grace, Illinois
  • "Great reference material." Leslie, Georgia
  • "Very easy to follow. Great study material." Megan, Washington
  • "Well thought out. Very thorough!" Eric, Washington
  • Recent comments on the Senior Personal Trainer professional education program:

  • "I liked the progression of content. Challenging and exciting even though I have a BS in physical education. The program is age-specific which is why I enrolled. I am energized and looking forward to taking more of your courses. Very courteous staff. Material well presented in a clear, concise manner and with systematic logical order." Barbara, New Hampshire
  • "I will recommend this course to others. Useful information." Nancy, New York
  • "I am looking forward to applying all study materials to my new career in senior personal training and to my own personal fitness program as a ‘senior’ myself! Thank you! I like all of the detailed information from start to finish. Very thorough and applicable to trainer and clients! I found value in the explanation of the seven fitness assessment tests, training goals, and implementation of functional fitness training. Thank you for the valuable work you do to assist trainers and clients to achieve healthy lifestyles as seniors!" Cathy, Louisiana
  • "It was very informative. I was able to apply it immediately." Mike, Oregon
  • "I liked all the great hands-on ideas, as well as the client handout sheets and functional fitness emphasis. The materials were well organized." Mary Ann, Illinois
  • "The course not only covered subject matter regarding the actual job of senior personal trainer, but also marketing and acquiring clients. I liked the anatomical details and explanations." Phillip, Arizona
  • "I personally enjoyed the ‘Contemporary Reading’ manual. I learned quite a bit about the most important psychological dynamics involved with the aging adult. I hope to put much of this into practice. I thought all the material was very well organized. The language and text were most understandable and applicable." Rebecca, New York
  • "The ‘Special Population Imperatives’ section was very educational and helpful. The information was easy to understand and was organized well." Daniel, Colorado
  • "The glossary of terms was very helpful. I learned a lot. Great, updated, current, well organized information." Ann, North Carolina
  • "The subject matter was interesting. I liked the information about fibromyalgia and the high blood pressure basics. I would like the design of the certificate to show more about the content completed." Elizabeth, Virginia
  • "I liked all of the handouts, forms on wellness, and questionnaires; the related lifestyles information; the goal-specific sections; and the examples of exercises and sample training forms." Renee, Nevada
  • "Important, practical, concise information that is immediately useful. Presented in an effective, retainable format. I liked the use of specific client and training examples. Great resource. Overall, good to excellent." Kimberly, Oregon
  • "I liked that the learning pace was my choice! I also found the information easy to follow but, at the same time, I learned a lot." Caitlin, Pennsylvania
  • "Terrific course! Though I have over 30 years experience as a personal trainer, the information gleaned from your course materials has further increased my confidence and comfort level for working with seniors in a one on one setting. Thank you again for this wonderful program! It will truly be an asset in my quest to be one of the most reputable senior fitness businesses in the state of Michigan. I learned so much with these tools!" Sydney, Michigan
  • "I liked the exercise promotion and suggestions for increasing the use of lower body exercise." Tim, California
  • "I felt it was all very informative. I especially liked the part on how to market yourself to older populations and all of the sample questions and handouts." Pamela, California
  • "Interesting, meaningful. I liked the range and depth of info." Debra, Ohio
  • "The knowledge of the material was excellent! It is very well written and easy to understand." Patricia, Iowa
  • "I liked the value of the information as it pertains to older adults, and that it focused specifically on older adults." Rick, Idaho
  • "Clear, concise. Info easy to follow." Juliana, Colorado
  • "Very easy to follow and well written." Whitney, New York
  • "The content was easy to read and gave me ideas I had forgotten about." Tracy, Texas
  • "Excellent course." Susan, Texas
  • "I especially liked Part III of ‘Contemporary Readings in Senior Personal Training,’ specifically ‘Exercise Psychology and the Aging Adult.’ Also especially liked chapter two of ‘Physiology and Health Promotion for Senior Fitness Professionals,’ specifically ‘Practical Exercise Science: Key Facts and Definitions.’" Carlo, Texas
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    Knowledge Is Power

    Monday, October 18th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

    It’s time for SFA’s annual autumn savings. If you’ve been thinking about gaining the knowledge you need to succeed in the older adult fitness field, SFA has the right educational programs for you. And, if you act now, they’re available for less! Please click here for more information.

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    SFA Workshops and Graduation

    Friday, September 17th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

    Nineteen activity professionals and volunteers from 10 different senior service organizations came together for two weekends at the Aquatic Park Senior Center in San Francisco for SFA’s third annual Senior Fitness Instructor workshops.

    These sessions were led by University of San Francisco’s Dr. Christian Thompson, a member of SFA’s National Advisory Board, who has been educating the community on older adult fitness leadership for more than 10 years.

    Participants learned how to structure safe and effective exercise programs for older adults and had the opportunity to practice effective exercise leadership strategies including how to provide appropriate cueing, feedback, and how to track progress through regular assessment. This year participants got additional training on leadership through Dr. Thompson’s Falls Prevention Exercise Program, a 12-week program for older adults who have sustained recent falls. This program has been recognized as a best practices exercise program for falls prevention and has been featured at several national fitness conferences.

    The 19 participants are now actively involved with leading exercise as a part of the Always Active program — a citywide program in San Francisco that provides exercise and health promotion classes at nine senior centers throughout the city. The Always Active program, funded through a generous grant by the City of San Francisco, has served more than 1,000 older adults since its inception in 2007.

    As a part of the Always Active Spring Celebration on May 28, 2010, the 19 course participants were honored as graduates of SFA’s Senior Fitness Instructor program.

    More than 200 seniors attended the celebration held at the Aquatic Park Senior Center on the beautiful waterfront in San Francisco. Participants were treated to a Wellness Walk along the waterfront, lunchtime dance entertainment, a keynote talk by Dr. Christian Thompson, and a raffle with some great prizes. Following a light snack, Dr. Thompson presided over the graduation ceremony for SFA’s graduating class. The graduates were saluted by the large crowd and presented with their SFA certificates by the Director of Aging Services for the City of San Francisco, Ms. Anne Hinton.

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    A Neuroscientist on SFA’s Brain Fitness Program

    Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

    The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) is pleased to offer special back-to-school savings on our Brain Fitness for Older Adults professional education program. Details on this time-limited opportunity are provided below. But first, here are the comments of two recent expert reviewers of the program:

  • Neuroscientist Dr. Ryan McKim: "Cognitive fitness and physical fitness are a natural fit. Drawing on recent neuroscientific research, the SFA has designed a thoughtful and progressive training program for senior fitness professionals interested in integrating cognitive fitness exercises into their existing physical activity programs. This powerful combination has the potential to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of older adults." Dr. McKim continues: "Recent advances in neuroscience are drawing long overdue attention to the importance of cognitive health. The SFA has designed an impressive and well-researched training program for senior fitness professionals."
  • Gerontologist Dr. Kathryn Thomas: "The SFA brain fitness materials gracefully strike the balance between rigorous research and practical, actionable information. The materials synthesize an enormous amount of research in a way that is manageable and enjoyable for the reader. I highly recommend the program to anyone wanting to get up to speed and actively involved in the brain fitness movement."
  • Ryan McKim, PsyD, is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the assessment of memory and cognitive rehabilitation. At San Francisco’s VA Medical Center, he is investigating neuroplasticity and developing novel strategies for veterans with traumatic brain injuries. Dr. McKim teaches neuropsychological assessment at the California Institute of Integral Studies and is vice president of research & outcomes at NeoCORTA Proactive Brain Fitness.

    Kathryn Thomas, PhD, is a gerontologist whose research has been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national conferences. Dr. Thomas is an adjunct professor at Georgia State University’s Gerontology Institute and is director of business development at NeoCORTA.

    Call 888-689-6791 to take advantage of special savings on SFA’s Brain Fitness for Older Adults professional education program during our back-to-school event ending September 17, 2010. SFA office hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm ET weekdays. For ordering information, click on Special Savings. Be sure to sign in to receive your member discounts.

    SFA, winner of the National Council on Aging’s Best Practice Award for professional education programs, can help you expand your older adult health-fitness services. For details about SFA’s Brain Fitness for Older Adults distance learning course — including selected excerpts from the text — click on Become a Cognitive Fitness Facilitator.

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    Don’t Get Left Behind

    Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

    Don’t miss out on this economical opportunity to further professionalize your senior fitness skills and services. Call 888-689-6791 to take advantage of special savings on SFA’s Brain Fitness for Older Adults professional education program during our back-to-school event ending September 17, 2010. SFA office hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm ET weekdays. To order on-line click on Special Savings. Be sure to sign in to receive your member discounts.

    Here’s what recent graduates of the course are saying about SFA’s Brain Fitness for Older Adults professional education program:

  • "Lots of new information about keeping old brains young." -David, Georgia
  • "It was very thorough, clear and easy to follow the course outline. All aspects and materials included in the course were pertinent ‘knowledge-wise’ and of value ‘practice-wise’ … I REALLY enjoyed and appreciated what I learned (very positive and uplifting)." -Marie, Canada
  • "I liked how in-depth the information was … very specific, maybe too advanced for some." -Jeff, Connecticut
  • "Many thanks for a wonderful course. The valuable information was clear, straightforward and in language I could understand — precise without being lofty. I currently teach yoga and tai chi, mainly to seniors. This course will enhance my own life and those of my students greatly. Thank you so much!" -Dixie, Georgia
  • "This course has brought a great deal of excitement to our program. Thanks!" -Mark, Texas
  • "This course started my interest in neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, and social intelligence plus play! I now have a library …" -Patricia, Florida
  • "The fact that I can implement cognitive and physical activities at once — this awareness is a lot more than I could ask for. Thanks." -Sandra, California
  • "Very enlightening and helpful to learn more about how the brain functions and what we can do to improve our cognitive fitness … Very glad I did this course. Thank you." -Diane, United Kingdom
  • "What I liked most was the review of brain anatomy and the multitude of suggested ideas for incorporating cognitive fitness." -Jeanne, Kansas
  • "I found it very informative. I liked the suggestions for incorporating brain fitness into exercise routines. Some of the content is very scientific …" -Debra, Florida
  • "Excellent, current information, easy to follow directions, excellent DVDs, great stress management strategies …" -Hanne, Canada
  • "I like the suggestions for activities and the explanations about the various functions of the brain." -Mary, Pennsylvania
  • "Easy to follow." -Sonia, Virginia
  • "I liked the clear way of explaining everything." -Erika, Florida
  • "I enjoyed the knowledge on how the brain works and how to improve — or that we have the ability to improve …" -Monique, California
  • "I like the combination of theoretical basics of the functioning of the brain as well as the wealth of practical applications to keep the brain fit …" -Dawn, Canada
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    Congratulations, Grads

    Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

    Get ready, California! Here comes a terrific new group of fitness professionals who are especially trained to serve frail older adults with special needs. The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) partnered with SFA lead-instructor Betsy Best-Martini to conduct the specialized educational program, which included both extensive classroom and practical instruction. Also consulting was another accomplished and highly experienced SFA professional, Kim Botenhagen Jones. The group of 14 students completed their course work in Fairfax, California on May 27, 2010. The happy graduates are pictured here with Betsy at center front.

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    Spring Is in the Air

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

    Spring is coming! And the American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) is celebrating the promise of warmer weather with a Spring Sale on SFA’s award-winning professional education programs. So if you’d like to add a senior-specific fitness credential to your resume, earn continuing education credits accepted by most fitness organizations or both, be sure to order by Friday, March 12, 2010, and take advantage of these special discounts.

    Plus, here’s some extra good news for you early birds! If you order your program by Monday, March 8, SFA will pay the shipping.

    So don’t delay. Visit our on-line order center or call SFA at (888) 689-6791 to take advantage of this special opportunity to get the education and the professional credentials you need to excel in the growing older adult fitness market.

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