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From SFA's Experience Archives

You can bring cognitive fitness to your physical activity program!

SFA's innovative
Brain Fitness
for Older Adults
educational program
is available on-line!

For those who enjoy the speed and convenience of online learning, our $249.00 Brain Fitness for Older Adults course is being offered in an on-line edition for a special low price.

  • Non-members: $199.00*
  • SFA Members: $179.00*

*Special prices shown only apply to the on-line edition of "Brain Fitness for Older Adults."

As many Experience! readers know, on-line testing for SFA's certificate of completion programs is already available. Now complete on-line editions of our award winning courses will become available. Of course SFA's on-line courses include all of the valuable information and instructional resources contained in our print edition programs. Brain Fitness for Older Adults is accepted for continuing education credit by most major fitness organizations. For example, the American Council on Exercise awards the course 20 hours continuing education credit (2.0 CECs).

Please click here to check-out our "Learning Center." While you're there, you can even try our "Dowel Exercise" course for free. "Dowel Exercise" is a brief sample on-line educational program that's very similar in format to our in-depth educational programs. 

So, whether you're an internet veteran that already knows about the speed and convenience of on-line education or you're new comer looking to learn more, don't miss this opportunity to try our sample Dowell Exercise course and, if desired, enroll in "Brain Fitness for Older Adults" at a special online-only price.

Senior Fitness Certification Programs

Click here to see what recent participants are saying about SFA's award winning educational programs.

Senior Fitness Instructor is designed for those who lead active older adults in enjoyable, beneficial, group exercise classes.
Senior Personal Trainer is for those that work with senior clients one-on-one or in optimal small groups.
Long Term Care Fitness Leader is for individuals who work with frail elderly clients in restricted settings such as nursing homes and adult day-care centers.
Brain Fitness for Older Adults is designed to incorporate cognitive fitness into physical activity programming.


Plus you can also earn continuing education credits accepted by most fitness organizations.

SFA Archives:

Ramping Up Senior Fitness
From the Experience! Archives

If your facility is planning to launch a senior-specific exercise program or if you'd like to infuse new life into existing services to ensure their continued success, this article by SFA President Janie Clark offers some suggestions on how to start or ramp up your senior fitness programming.

Whole-Person Wellness
for Vital Living

Don't miss this five part series from wellness expert Jan Montague, MGS.

  1. Why Wellness? Why Now?
  2. The Wellness Concept
  3. The Six Dimensions of Personal Wellness
  4. Research and the Wellness Model
  5. Nurture a Wellness State of Mind

International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults.

This 2004 industry leading document was prepared by  Nancy A. Ecclestone, Canada and C. Jessie Jones, United States in Collaboration with the Aging and Life Course, World Health Organization.

National Standards for Preparing Senior Fitness Instructors

The original groundbreaking standards document by SFA Advisory Board member C. Jesse Jones, J. & SFA President Janie Clark was first published in 1998 in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 6, 207-221

Whole-Person Wellness for Seniors

Something noteworthy is happening in Lenexa, Kansas. SFA professional Jan Montague, MGS, and her colleagues are conducting a major wellness initiative at Lenexa's Lakeview Village life-care community.


Maestro David Dworkin brings a new excitement to fitness with his innovative exercise program Conductorcise.

Yoga for the 50+

An informative update on the most current scientific evidence of yoga's restorative powers by Sara Kooperman and Lisa Ackerman

Slowing Down To Reinvigorate

The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) hopes you'll enjoy this essay which ponders connections among retirement, travel, fitness and health in a modern and ever-changing world.

Note: When the article above was published, we asked SFA members to tell us about their favorite getaways and vacation spots -- especially exercise-friendly places where mature adults can conveniently enjoy wholesome physical activity. Click here to check out some of the surprising responses we received!


Click on "Trendsetters" to learn more about Ward Luthi, Christine Schnitzer, Maggie Spilner and their innovative Walk 500 program. 

More from the archives:

International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults.  

National Standards for Preparing Senior Fitness Instructors
Jones, J. & Clark (1998), Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 6, 207-221

Strength Training Elderly Nursing Home Patients: Research from Dr. Wayne Westcott:  

Keeping Fit: A Positive Approach to the Aging Process: Dr. Wayne Westcott

Senior Fitness Internship Program:Announcing an exciting opportunity to get "hands-on" older adult fitness experience and to earn SFA approved continuing education credits all at no charge!

Successful Wellness Centers: A Case Study:  Take this opportunity to learn from successful professionals regarding the creation of a successful senior wellness program. An informative article by Jan Montague, Wiley Piazza and Kim Peters of Montague, Eippert and Associates. CLICK HERE

"GIVE ME A BREAK": Senior Exercise Instructors, if you're feeling tired, worn out and uncreative, here is some sound advice from Mary Ann Wilson, R.N., host of PBS television's popular exercise series SIT AND BE FIT.  

Speaking Their Language: Communicating the Message of Physical Activity to Older Adults Just Got Easier from Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

Senior Fitness Exercise Case Study: In this case study, an 82-year old, male Alzheimer's patient, in relatively good health, has been referred to SFA certified Senior Personal Trainer, Bev Mickelson, M.A., for an exercise program. The study demonstrates the importance of being adaptable, patient and persistent when working with elderly populations.

Market Your Way Out of a Stuck-at-the-  Bottom Economy:You can grow your senior fitness business in 2005! Click above for the second in a series of eye opening articles by Roberta Guise, MBA, that will help you reach your goals! A marketing consultant and speaker, Ms. Guise owns San Francisco based Guise Marketing and PR.

A Goal for Senior Exercisers - Functional Fitness Strength Training for Older Adults - What to Expect

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Senior Fitness Professionals ... let the public know about your older adult exercise program for free!

List your senior fitness program with the Mature Fitness Network. This free service for older adults and for the senior fitness specialists that serve them, is under development. Click here for more information. 

Attention Colleges and Universities! Now available: Vital college-credit and adult education Senior Fitness Specialist courses from the American Senior Fitness Association - complete, ready and easy for your school to implement. Click here to learn more.