Senior Fitness Program for people 50 and older....
Strength training helps offset the loss in muscle mass and strength typically associated with normal aging. Regular exercise for the senior population improves bone health, reduces risk of osteoporosis, improves balance, reduces the risk of falling and associated injuries and fractures, and increases flexibility and range of motion.
Traditionally, exercise for seniors has been relegated to rehabilitation services that occur after an event such as cardiac rehabilitation or orthopedic surgery. Many physicians encourage individuals to initiate physical activity programs but their time is limited for explanation and supervision of the program.
The Vitality! Senior Fitness Program offers exercise programs that are individually developed based on the needs, limitations, the goals of the participants and in accordance with the medical directors recommendations. The staff is knowledgeable in handling orthopedic, neuromuscular, cardiovascular or chronic disease conditions and can adjust the participants exercise program according to emerging needs and increased or decreased ability.
The senior fitness program is offered in conjunction with University Hospitals OASIS program. OASIS offers adults 50 and older a wide variety of stimulating programs that encourage continued intellectual growth; the pursuit of active, healthy lifestyles and the sharing of knowledge and talents with others across the generations.
Future research will focus on the interaction between strength, balance, activities of daily living and quality of life in seniors.
Through this program, participants may exercise in the aquatics or land classes.
The Institute for Human Performance will be offering additional fitness programs through Vitality!
Coming soon will be:
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Fitness Program
- Spinal Cord Injury Fitness Program
- Stroke Fitness Program
- Neuromuscular Disease Fitness Program
- Individualized Fitness Assessments for specified groups
If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in a Vitality! program or would simply like to learn more, we encourage you to calll:Carol Sames, PhD,
Vitality! Program Director,
Medical University's Upstate Connect 1-800-464-8668 (toll free).