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Health Promotion and Exercise for Older Adults

Home Study Description:

Cost: $295.00 ($285 plus $10 S&H) – 20 Contact Hours

Health Promotion and Exercise for Older Adults is a practical tool for the rehabilitation specialist who would like to plan a health promotion program for older adults. The goal of this course is to teach the rehabilitation professional how to begin, teach, and follow-up on a community based exercise program for older adults. The manual is divided into three sections: Part I, “Getting Started”; Part II, “Classes”; and Part III, “Special Considerations, Program Evaluation, and Follow-Up.” Each of these sections contains easy to follow recommendations for planning, implementing, and conducting program evaluation on an older adult health promotion program. Part II, “Classes”, contains 27 concise chapters which are each on a different class topic. All of these chapters include a lecture/discussion for each class, specific exercises for each class, and a handout to give class participants for each class. This home study course is presented in a style and with terminology that can be directly used in all facets of a health promotion program for older adults.

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Course Objectives

  1. Describe the importance of health promotion as an effective approach for abating the negative consequences of aging, maintaining health, and prolonging functional independence.
  2. List the most important aspects of starting a health promotion class.
  3. Enumerate the steps involved in nding a facility.
  4. Create a mock meeting with appropriate facility personnel.
  5. Using the formula from the text calculate a cost for an exercise class.
  6. Identify methods for generating potential class participants.
  7. Describe the importance of communicating with class participants.
  8. Present a sample health promotion class in easy to under- stand language and terminology.
  9. Teach speci c exercises that are appropriate for a speci c class topic.
  10. List special considerations in teaching a health promotion program including dealing with participants who
    are wheelchair bound, paraplegic, an amputee, non-English speaking, disruptive, or have dementia.
  11. Use appropriate tools and methods for program evaluation.