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Secrets of successful tennis programs for adults past 50 by Ron Woods, PhD, and Kathy Woods-962

Secrets of successful tennis programs for adults past 50 by Ron Woods, PhD, and Kathy Woods

You probably already know that tennis is fun to play, provides great physical exercise and challenges players mentally as they try to outwit opponents. In spite of the sport’s inherent attributes, much more is needed for a tennis program to succeed with adults past 50. To plan and implement a successful program, you have to understand this customer’s needs, have a grasp of the possible formats for play, and provide flexible offerings to attract and retain players of various skill levels or playing experience.

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Design a program from the outside in by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM-959

Design a program from the outside in by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM

Instead of developing an exercise program in-house, some facilities contract with prepackaged commercial programs—a practice known as outsourcing. Such programs may offer a quick and cost-effective means to provide services. Before you sign an agreement, however, it’s important to determine if there is adequate synergy between you and an outside agency. A simple list of pros and cons (including short- and long-term impacts) may prove useful in making a decision to outsource. Questions that help you evaluate a program can also help you arrive at important insights.

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Cultivating a water exercise program using an evaluation approach  Part two: program strategies, effectiveness and sustainability by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FASM-940

Cultivating a water exercise program using an evaluation approach Part two: program strategies, effectiveness and sustainability by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FASM

Evidence-based program design depends on using sound scientific research to shape programs that meet the needs of participants through “best practice” decisions. An evaluation approach offers active-aging professionals a systematic method for developing programs derived from scientific evidence.

Daniel L. Stufflebeam, PhD, a professor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, developed a decision-making framework that addresses four different kinds of decisions faced by program developers.

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What do active older adults want? by Lisa Ackerman-634

What do active older adults want? by Lisa Ackerman

A few years ago I made the transition from teaching general population group-exercise classes to teaching active older adults. This was an interesting challenge for me. I’d always loved spending time with older people–it was a treat to hear stories of their seasoned lives–but I wasn’t sure how to approach an exercise class with them. Thus, I looked to the standard educational books and fitness conference trainings for some background in this area. This information was certainly helpful in terms of understanding the aging physical body, but it occurred to me that most of the experts were like me: active but not yet “older” adults themselves.

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Two Sunnyside programs promote wellness participation-612

Two Sunnyside programs promote wellness participation

Located on more than 100 acres in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, Sunnyside continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, boasts views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a long history of service. This not-for-profit CCRC, which has been in existence since 1955, is one of three campuses belonging to parent company Sunnyside Retirement Communities, an organization that has provided retirement living since 1912.

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Cultivating a water exercise program using an evaluation approach, part one: core values, resources, needs and the environment by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM-601

Cultivating a water exercise program using an evaluation approach, part one: core values, resources, needs and the environment by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM

During a recent visit to the University of Nevada, Reno, George L. Blackburn, MD, PhD, associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, was asked: What is the best way to design a physical activity program for people who want to adopt an active lifestyle? That was not an easy question to answer, Blackburn indicated. The most important factor to consider, he said, was that the program must be gradually progressive and individualized to address the needs of participants.

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