ERIC Number: ED186077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-29
Reference Count: N/A
Older Adult Education.
In an effort to improve the quality of life for area senior citizens, De Anza College has established an older adult education program which combines adaptive physical education with holistic health care principles to instruct students in relaxation, nutrition, and physical activity. Classes are held in convalescent hospitals, retirement homes, and selected community centers, and care is taken to assure that instructors know their students' individual case histories. Handicapped students require a medical affidavit signed by a physician which details the student's condition and limitations; non-handicapped seniors must sign a release form indicating that they do not have any of six specified disabilities. All students fill out functional ability assessments which indicate the student's range of motion, ability to walk, and posture. Courses offered in the program include arm chair exercise, holistic physical education, yoga, contract bridge, exercise set to jazz, dance movement, minor sports, self-defense, and holistic health. Instructors are trained to avoid activities which are potentially dangerous and to monitor students for signs of fatigue or overwork. The descriptive report describes each of the courses that are offered, identifies potentially dangerous activities, and provides copies of the forms used to gather information for the student case histories. (JP)
Descriptors: Adapted Physical Education, Community Colleges, Community Recreation Programs, Course Descriptions, Dance Therapy, Disabilities, Exercise, Health Education, Legal Responsibility, Lifetime Sports, Medical Case Histories, Medical Evaluation, Nursing Homes, Nutrition Instruction, Older Adults, Outreach Programs, Records (Forms), Teacher Qualifications, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: De Anza Coll., Cupertino, CA.