ERIC Number: ED316109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Lifestyle Improvement Program for Seniors.
The Wayne State College Lifestyle Improvement Program for Seniors, based on the wellness concept, is designed to facilitate social interaction and health through physical activities. It is adaptable to a variety of individual needs and preferences, including exercises for cardiac rehabilitation patients. Any person over 50 can participate at no expense other than that of a physical examination. Most participants are retired individuals in the community. Participants are encouraged to investigate physical activities they enjoy, with the only requirement being that all participate in balance and flexibility exercises daily, which promotes physical well-being, confidence, and motivation. Periodically, mini-lectures are given on topics such as osteoporosis, nutrition, and target heart rate. Each participant is encouraged to work at his own level, based on target heart rate. Program goals include: (1) lifestyle improvement for community members over 50; (2) research on lifestyle improvement activities; (3) provision of continuing education and training programs for wellness teachers; (4) provision of testing and prescription in such areas as body composition, pulmonary function, cardiac risk, cardiovascular evaluation, nutrition, and flexibility; and (5) provision of a regime of progressive activity and exercise for those recovering from strokes and heart attacks. (MSE)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Cardiovascular System, Gerontology, Health Promotion, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Life Style, Models, Older Adults, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness, Program Descriptions, Quality of Life, Rehabilitation Programs, Research, Social Life, State Colleges, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Coll., NE.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.