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  "I highly recommend this course to all fitness and health professionals who will deal with the older population. It is very easy to understand and, therefore, an extremely effective teaching tool. Thorough and interesting!"

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The table of contents for SFA's Long Term Care Fitness Leader training manual includes:

Long Term Care

Fitness Programming Basics

Functional Fitness Testing for Seniors

Intensive Strength Training in the Assisted Care Setting

An Overview Of Commonly Prescribed Medications

Specific Medical Considerations including:

  • Cardiovascular Concerns

  • Pulmonary Concerns

  • Back Health

  • Proneness to Falls

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Joint Replacement

  • Lower Limb Amputation

  • Contracture

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Alzheimer's Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington's Chorea, Cerebral Palsy,  Polio and Myasthenia Gravis

  • Diabetes

  • Cancer

  • Speech, Sight and Hearing Deficit

Long Term Care Fitness Programming Ideas

  • Fitness Trails

  • Intergenerational Activities

  • Dance/Movement Therapy

  • Relaxation Activities

Introduction to Senior Nutrition: Selected Dietary Considerations for Long Term Care Fitness Professionals

  • Anemia

  • Incontinence

  • Dysphagia

  • General Nutrition Problems

Activities Implications

Aspects of Anatomy

NCOA Health Promation Institute Best Practice Award

SFA credentials
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Long Term Care 
Fitness Leader
Training Program

Your SFA Long Term Care Fitness Leader educational program can open up new professional opportunities for you as an exercise  leader working with frail and disabled elderly clients in nursing homes, congregate living facilities and adult day care centers. Learn how to conduct the most productive and enjoyable functional and restorative fitness activities developed for very old, physically restricted populations.

Here are some exciting details about the skills you will master.

  • Provide safe and effective group fitness classes in settings requiring gentle seated, adaptive physical activity for elderly and disabled participants.

  • Develop and implement individual physical fitness plans for frail elderly participants who cannot attend group fitness activities.

  • Conduct a basic program of safe adaptive sports and physically active games for elderly and disabled adults.

  • Incorporate a basic program of effective mental fitness activities for long term care fitness participants.

  • Adapt long term care and individual exercise activities to safely, productively accommodate a variety of population-predictable health considerations.

  • Make appropriate technical decisions regarding: (a) use of cardiovascular training methods for long term care clients, (b) balance and gait training, (c) bed exercise programming, (d) passive (hands-on) exercise programming, (e) selected exercise interventions specific to incontinence and dysphagia, (f) non-resistive exercise accessories, (g) resistive exercise, (h) use of music in long term care exercise settings, (i) motivational techniques, (j) common nutritional problems prevalent among very old populations, and (k) exercise modifications in connection with commonly prescribed drugs.

  • Design long term care fitness programs excluding contraindicated movements and inadvisable training methods.

  • Follow specific safety guidelines, including proper warmup techniques, recommended strengthening precautions, and nonstressful stretching procedures, in order to achieve effective conditioning while minimizing overall injury risk (with an emphasis on protecting particularly susceptible areas such as the neck, back, hips, knees, fingers and other joints).

  • Work cooperatively and efficiently with other care team members.

  • Respond effectively to emergency situations.

  • Competently design, format, sequence and supervise long term care fitness programs that promote muscular strength, functional range-of-motion, skeletal integrity, balance, coordination, fall prevention, successful performance of ADL (activities of daily living), preserved socialization, mental fitness, mood elevation, and enhanced self-esteem.


A full refund ( less shipping & handling ) will be issued for materials returned in new condition at purchaser's expense within 30 days of receipt.