A great deal of knowledge is presently available concerning the physical, mental, and social aspects of aging. Despite this information, an alarming amount of misconception and stereotypes still exists. The main purpose of this text is to provide information in a manner that is relevant, reliable, and understandable in order to rebut the common misconceptions and confusion surrounding the physical, mental, and social changes confronting older individuals. Another focus of the book is to explain what older adults need to do to maintain an appropriate level of wellness and physical fitness.
Each chapter in the book not only presents current scientific evidence on the present status of aging changes, but also details options for dealing with those changes. In addition, each chapter provides a basis in order to build optimal health, vitality, and well-being for a calmer and better life balance.
Chapter 1: What Is Aging?
Chapter 2: Preventive and Personal Health Conditions
Chapter 3: Changing Behavior and Motivation
Chapter 4: Starting a Program
Chapter 5: Balance and Falls Prevention
Chapter 6: Starting Your Endurance Program
Chapter 7: Muscle Strength and Endurance
Chapter 8: Nutrition
Chapter 9: Weight Control
Chapter 10: Medication
Chapter 11: Maintaining Your Mental Health
Chapter 12: Risks and Protection for Your Health
Chapter 13: Sexuality
Appendix A: Vitamins and Minerals-How Much Is Too Much?
Appendix B: A Few Food Safety Tips
Appendix C: USDA Recommended Dietary Guidelines
Appendix D: Getting the Right Shoes
Appendix E: Finding a Personal Trainer Who's Right For You
Appendix F: Medications That Can Pose a Risk
Appendix G: Over-the-Counter Weight-Loss Pills
Appendix H: Prescription Weight-Loss Medications
Appendix I: Useful Health and Wellness Internet Sites for Seniors
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Christian J. Thompson, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of San Francisco and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC. Christian has published several scientific publications on exercise programming for older adults that have appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, and Journal of Applied Research.
At USF, Christian is engaged in numerous research and community projects investigating exercise programming for falls prevention in older adults. These projects have been funded by the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Foundation, and the Moore Foundation.
Christian is actively involved in the American College of Sports Medicine, serving as the co-chair on the Interest Group on Aging, as well as sitting on both the Health Fitness Summit Planning Committee and the Professional Education Committee.
Christian is a featured author on older adult exercise for the PTA Global certification program. In addition, he has developed educational content for IDEA, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Senior Fitness Association. He serves as an advisor to a number of industry groups, and has written articles that have appeared in various lay publications, such as the IDEA Fitness Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Clinic Health Newsletter, Arthritis Advisor, and GOLF Magazine.
George McGlynn, Ed.D., is professor emeritus and former chair and professor of the Exercise and Sports Science Department at the University of San Francisco. In addition, he served as the director of the USF Human Performance Laboratory and established the graduate program at USF in sports management and fitness. He also developed the first personal and community health courses at USF.
George has written extensively on a variety of subjects, including senior wellness, cardiorespiratory fitness, and strength training. He is the author of numerous professional articles and has written five books, including Dynamics of Fitness (5th edition), first published in 1990, one of the most popular fitness texts on the market.
George helped establish the first cardio-rehabilitation program for older heart patients in the San Francisco bay area. He also directed the fitness program for the federal court's consent decree that required, for the first time, the employment of women by the San Francisco Police Department. In fact, his job-related fitness criteria has served as a model for a number of police and fire departments throughout the United States.
One of the most respected health/fitness professionals in the field of exercise and sports science, George received his bachelors and masters degrees from Syracuse University and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1989, he received the Distinguished Research and Teaching Award, an honor bestowed by the University of San Francisco on its faculty members who exhibit exceptional teaching, research, and service.
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