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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This second edition of a book on programming exercise activities for older persons updates the first edition of 1995.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe exercise programs based on the function of older persons and to serve as a guide for those planning and implementing exercise programs for older persons.
Audience: The audience includes community administrators who prepare and run exercise programs for older adults and therapists who supervise these programs. Designers of such facilities will find many useful points here as well. The author is an expert in the field and this book builds on the previous edition,
Features: A chapter on aging and wellness is followed by exercise's impact on functional ability. Then comes a wonderful chapter on psychosocial aspects of exercise programming — how to entice older persons to participate and what strategies motivate them to stick with an exercise program. Subsequent chapters cover programming guidelines, land-based programs, water-based programs, with a final chapter on developing and promoting your program. Throughout, the book is richly illustrated both with photographs and specimens of ads and informational material. The references are pertinent.
Assessment: What a pleasure it is to have this book on hand. This is not a treatise on exercise physiology, but rather a practical and inviting guide to promote exercise and wellness in older persons. The careful organization and the pictorial demonstrations of useful exercises make this a worthwhile contribution to the field. City planners, program managers, and designers will gain much from this useful book as will recreation therapists.