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Exploring virtual environments for cognitive and physical rehabilitation by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5969

Exploring virtual environments for cognitive and physical rehabilitation by Marilynn Larkin, MA

The word is out: Virtual reality is emerging as a key technology for helping older adults. In a 2017 Consumer Technology Association blog post ("Seniors: the next frontier of virtual reality"), Coordinator of Partnerships Marketing Michael Williams states, "Because seniors are the fastest-growing population segment in the United States--and this population will continue to grow significantly in the future--technology must cater to this demographic for both entertainment and healthcare." Kiplinger's Retirement Report featured the article "Tech revolution benefits aging" in its June 2017 issue. Author Sally Abrahms notes, "While still in its infancy, VR for seniors is gaining fans among physicians, long-term care staff, researchers, physical therapists and family members."

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Senior PUMP: a high-level fitness program incorporates functional movements by Michael McCann, MS, Jeff Rose, BS, MBA, Jessica N. Enriquez, BS, ACSM, PT, and Jenna Belt, BS, ACSM, PT, RYT-5346

Senior PUMP: a high-level fitness program incorporates functional movements by Michael McCann, MS, Jeff Rose, BS, MBA, Jessica N. Enriquez, BS, ACSM, PT, and Jenna Belt, BS, ACSM, PT, RYT

At Friendship Village of Schaumburg, Illinois, the Lifestyles team has developed a new level of a higher-engagement fitness program and introduced it to the independent-living area of our continuing care retirement community. This program, called Senior PUMP (Physical-Uplifting-Motivational-Power), takes elements of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and adapts them for older adults.

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A prescription for success: performing negative exercise in water to achieve positive results by , Mary E. Sanders, PhD, CDE, RCEP, FACSM, and James A. Peterson, PhD, FACSM-4986

A prescription for success: performing negative exercise in water to achieve positive results by , Mary E. Sanders, PhD, CDE, RCEP, FACSM, and James A. Peterson, PhD, FACSM

Given a choice, almost every health/fitness professional who trains older participants would be receptive to learning a better way to exercise-one that is more productive (results-wise) and more efficient (time-wise), as well as being just as (if not more) safe. In reality, such an option exists, although some professionals may not be aware of eccentric, or negative, training. While more challenging to do in the water than on land, eccentric exercise is safe, effective and efficient for older adults.

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Splash! Boost power with band and ball short circuits by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP, CDE-4908

Splash! Boost power with band and ball short circuits by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP, CDE

By combining strength with movement speed, short-burst intervals turn band and ball pool-work into short-circuit power workouts. These moves capture the essence of daily life activities as well. Blending task-specific training with power-packed moves can boost participants’ fitness, power and ADL performance on land.

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Short-circuit power plays target function by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP, CDE-4697

Short-circuit power plays target function by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP, CDE

Active living “performance” requires a functional, or task specific, training approach to meet the demands of the “sport” of living well. Using short-burst exercise intervals in the water, this training approach helps individuals improve their power and skills to perform activities of daily living.

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ICAA's top 10 articles on functional training-1499

ICAA's top 10 articles on functional training

The Journal on Active Aging® is dipping into the archives in 2012 to celebrate the International Council on Active Aging’s 10th Anniversary year and to showcase this educational resource for readers. Each Journal issue this year highlights ICAA’s “top 10” articles on a specific topic. In this issue, the focus is on all things functional—abilities, assessment and conditioning.

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