Ames, Iowa (PressExposure) November 15, 2013 -- Fitness professional Debra Atkinson, MS, CSCS will be part of a team of fitness and wellness experts at the International Council on Active Aging in San Diego November 21-23, 2013. Atkinson will present Functional Fitness for Older Adults to retirement community administrators, personal trainers, and activity directors.
Seventy-eight million baby boomers in the U.S. are going to seek exercise in appropriate doses to age actively in a way generations before them have not. Functional fitness is a buzz word in the fitness industry with interpretations as wide spread as the growing number of fitness professionals talking about it. Atkinson will define and clarify the definition and provide clear examples of progression for older adults.
Retirement communities and fitness professionals are gearing up for the growing demand for older adult exercise programming. Over 50% of conference attendees plan to implement new programs and services based on information gained through their attendance. The attendees are an experienced and educated group with at least eight years experience and advanced degrees in their field who want to provide optimal health and wellness programming for their customers.
Risk of falls and complications from falling contribute to growing health care costs. Chronic health conditions, medications, and sensory impairments complicate the exercise prescription for older adults. Atkinson will identify the importance of the right program at the right time and in the right progression. Navigating fitness after 50 using capacity and ability as the guide will be the feature of the San Diego presentation.
Debra Atkinson has provided information about the specific conditions affecting older adults such as arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, and lower back pain for 20 years. She is a Continuing Education Provider as American Council on Exercise faculty on these and other topics related to aging and exercise. As a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University she has a history of providing outreach programs as a speaker's bureau member.