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From The CriticsReviewer: Anthony M. Randles, MPH (North Dakota State Univ College of Human Development & Education)
Description: This book presents exercise prescriptions to delay chronic conditions prevalent in later life. It explores aging processes and the effects of proper exercise, and emphasizes principles of exercise and training programs for elders of differing abilities and health.
Purpose: The authors discuss physiology of older adults and physical activities proven beneficial for older adults. They examine how exercise can cause small beneficial changes, especially for cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength, neurophysiology and senses, and age-specific diseases.
Audience: This book would be useful for students or professionals focused on fitness of older adults, and would make a great text or auxiliary reading for any advanced exercise physiology course.
Features: Part I covers age-related changes and effects of exercise on the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, nervous, and sensory systems. The importance of senses in the aging process makes the discussion of this topic noteworthy. The nutrition and aging discussion in part II is useful for dietitians developing nutritional plans for active older adults. This section highlights the importance of nutrition modification and exercise, and the benefits for delaying specific disease. Part III includes a discussion of the physiological adaptation and activities for master athletes and frail older adults noting that, though both are in the same age category, proper training techniques differ greatly. Chapter 11 discusses use and abuse of drugs and supplements for older adults, a topic given little consideration in most exercise physiology books. This chapter focuses on how seniors differ from younger populations, and notes differences in drug use between master and young athletes. The appendixes provide tools for readers to help determine the readiness of an older adult for exercise and web links for education resources.
Assessment: A wonderful aspect of this book is the way the authors discuss scientific concepts of basic physiology in the context of aging. The book is well written gives readers a proper resource for improving the fitness of older adults.