The program is designed to prepare graduating students for a career working with older adults at senior centers, medically-based fitness facilities, retirement communities, YMCA/JCC’s, hospitals, community wellness programs, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, long-term care facilities, corporate fitness centers, collegiate settings, and private and commercial health clubs.
• For adults (18 and over)
• Students must have a GED or High School diploma to participate
Program Course List and Course Descriptions:
Socio-Physiological Aspects of Aging:
This course will provide the student with a solid foundation in the social and physiological aspects of aging. Topics covered include: theories of aging; physiological changes within cells, organs, and bodily systems; social implications of growing older; and common conditions and diseases associated with aging.
Designing Older Adult Exercise Programs:
In this course, students will gain an understanding of the role of exercise in improving health, fitness, function and quality of life in older adults. The current recommendations for cardiovascular, flexibility, resistance, mobility and balance training will be discussed. An emphasis will be given to common health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and frailty.
Business Management and Administration for the Mature Market:
A contemporary view of aging in this country will be explored to better understand the current and rising aging cohorts. Through a study of age-friendly facility design, equipment selection, fitness management, marketing, administration, financial procedures and protocols, and various aspects of operations students will appreciate how to attract, serve and retain the mature market.
Exercise and Aging for Special Populations:
As a continuation of Designing Older Adult Exercise Programs, this course encompasses a deeper study of designing safe and effective exercise programs for older adults. Going beyond the basic exercise recommendations for this population, students will, by the end of this course, be able to design an appropriate fitness regimen taking into consideration critical information such as a client’s age, gender, health history, current health conditions and exercise history.
Optional Elective-Field Internship in Senior Fitness Training: 60 Hours
Prerequisite: 4 Core Courses and CPR Certification
NOTE: This course is an optional course and is not required to receive the Professional Certificate. Learn to work with professionals in the fitness and health industry for a hands-on experience working with older adults at senior fitness facilities and health centers. Students intern for 60 total hours in this course.
- Socio-Physiological Aspects of Aging
- Designing Older Adult Exercise Programs
- Business Management and Administration for the Mature Market
- Exercise and Aging for Special Populations
- Optional Elective-Field Internship in Senior Fitness Training
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