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From The CriticsReviewer: Robert Topp, PhD, RN (Medical College of Ohio School of Nursing)
Description: This manual provides examples of previously developed activity programs for older adults, as well as an extensive list of resources including publications, associations, vendors, and experts in the field of exercise programming for older adults.
Purpose: The purpose is to bring together a collection of fitness programming ideas for the older adult. The editor claims the manual will help solve the dilemma of many activity directors who work with this population. The editor and contributors do a good job of presenting ideas for fitness programs, but they do not address other critical issues in program development, including needs assessment and evaluation.
Audience: This book is written for practitioners who are interested in developing fitness programs for older adults. The editor appears to be a credible authority in this area as evidenced by experience in developing such programs.
Features: The manual is divided into two sections. Section I presents examples of various activity programs that have been previously developed for older adults in the U.S. The second section is a listing of older adult activity resources. These resources include fitness-related organizations, individuals with expertise in the area of senior fitness, and printed materials. The manual omits a generic plan for senior activity program development. Such a generic plan might include documenting the need for a program, developing a program with a budget, and formative and summative evaluations.
Assessment: This is one of the few publications in the field which has attempted to document and describe previously developed activity programs for older adults along with resources for developing such programs. However, there is no critique of these programs provided, nor is there an outline of how to select an appropriate program or evaluate a program's effectiveness.