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Equipping your wellness center: innovative fitness tools for the Age Wave by Colin Milner-1307

Equipping your wellness center: innovative fitness tools for the Age Wave by Colin Milner

In the past two decades, the fitness and wellness industry has gone from barbells to talking machines, and back again. Many new products have rocked the industry’s foundations during this time; others have fizzled away. With the first of the Baby Boomers turning 62 this year, innovative product introductions and modifications aimed at the aging adult are sure to keep the industry Richter scale going overtime. These fitness tools promise to help your wellness center serve the Age Wave better. There is one caveat to keep in mind, however: Any innovations, design changes or functional improvements must address the needs and abilities of your clients, current and future.

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How to choose a consultant by Gary Henkin, BS, and Jennifer Jacobs, MS-1248

How to choose a consultant by Gary Henkin, BS, and Jennifer Jacobs, MS

Imagine you are preparing to spend millions of dollars on the development or renovation of a new lifestyle center, fitness/wellness facility, recreation clubhouse or spa, and you are scratching your head wondering where to begin. You finally decide a consultant may be required. However, your impression of consultants is on par with “vultures,” looking to prey upon the vulnerable and confused. Sound familiar?

In reality, the right consultant can provide you with valuable assistance in the feasibility, design, preopening and management of your facility. The selection of a consultant, therefore, is a critical decision—one that can ultimately impact the success or failure of your project. Hiring a qualified consultant who has the depth of experience and expertise required for your project will likely save you time, money and numerous headaches. Choosing the wrong consultant can result in project delays, expenses and organizational chaos. Through proper planning, research, thorough interviewing and active engagement in the selection process, you will increase your odds of creating a relationship with a consultant that will help you build the foundation for your new facility’s success.

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The development process by Donald DeMars, AIA, IIDA-1243

The development process by Donald DeMars, AIA, IIDA

Let me first explain that I was asked to write this article about the phase in the development process that begins with the acquisition and preparation of the property, the hiring of the design team, the selection of the contractor, and the building of the project. This invitation assumed that my chosen methodology in development is consistent with this traditional approach toward completing a project. In this approach, the developer completes a feasibility study and business plan, obtains the financing, then moves forward with purchasing the property, qualifying and hiring the design team, designing the project, and qualifying and hiring a contractor through bidding or negotiating a cost-plus contract. Finally, the developer builds the project.

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Creating an accessible fitness or wellness facility by Blythe Hiss, MS, and Amy E. Rauworth, MS, RCEP-1231

Creating an accessible fitness or wellness facility by Blythe Hiss, MS, and Amy E. Rauworth, MS, RCEP

By 2030, about one of every five Americans and one of every four Canadians will be 65 years of age or older.11,26 As our population ages, the incidence of chronic disease and disability will increase, creating an emerging priority that must be addressed by wellness, fitness and health professionals.12,13,17,23

Numerous studies have reported the benefits of increased physical activity and fitness in reducing cardiovascular and other health risk factors associated with chronic disease and disability.3,4,7,9 According to the Healthy People 2010 report from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, however, 56% of adults with disabilities do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity, compared to 36% of adults without disabilities.22 An estimated 52 million Americans with disabilities and/or activity limitations are not only at greater risk of developing serious health conditions linked to a sedentary lifestyle (such as diabetes,

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Fitness and financing: joined at the hip by Galen Chuck Lemar-1226

Fitness and financing: joined at the hip by Galen Chuck Lemar

What is the common denominator between one-quarter of the American population and the active aging industry? The 77 million Baby Boomers with an estimated US$2.1 trillion in spending power, who value wellness as a way of life.1 In Canada, Boomers account for an even greater part of the population, with one-third of Canadians—nearly 10 million adults—belonging to the generation born 1946–64.2 This educated demographic is concerned about looking young, feeling good, and maintaining health and wellness.

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The discovery period: how to plan and develop an age-friendly wellness center by Cornelia C. Hodgson, AIA-1222

The discovery period: how to plan and develop an age-friendly wellness center by Cornelia C. Hodgson, AIA

Planning is a process of discovery, with the final result unknown at the outset. This process focuses on the search for an architectural solution that evolves into a feasible project. You start with an idea that develops into a plan. You gather information, you revise the plan in light of this information, and you continue the process until all aspects of the plan are thoroughly vetted and validated, and a feasible project emerges.

So how do you begin? With a discovery period of defining “the What,” “the Who” and “the Where” of your wellness center.

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