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Add fun to exercise with a laughter club by Allison Clark and Catharine Sutherland-463

Add fun to exercise with a laughter club by Allison Clark and Catharine Sutherland

This program is successful because it is different, innovative, healthy, positive, uplifting and FUN! Who doesn’t want to do more laughing in their life? Our monthly Laughter Club sessions provide a warm, welcoming, nonjudgmental atmosphere where seniors and youngsters can gather to play and perform laughter exercises in a spirit of silliness and exploration.

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Valuing the spirit in clients with dementia by Donald R. Koeple, Mdiv-363

Valuing the spirit in clients with dementia by Donald R. Koeple, Mdiv

When contemplating how fitness and wellness professionals might encourage mental and cognitive health in older adults, it is important to explore the effects of dementia on these efforts. For, on its surface, dementia seems to remove the very characteristics of the person being encouraged and developed.

Instead of being able to judge what is best for the self, people with dementia lose the capacity to consider consequences of actions, because they often have little regard for the past or future. Many of these individuals have difficulty remembering the way to the bathroom, much less remembering more complex tasks. They truly live in the moment.

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How to support positive body image in older adults by Shari Feuz and Jenifer Milner-353

How to support positive body image in older adults by Shari Feuz and Jenifer Milner

Research and case studies reveal that body dissatisfaction can persist across the life span or start during middle and later life (Feuz, 2005). This means that as a fitness or wellness professional who works with older adults, you should expect to encounter clients with negative body image, and would be wise to prepare.

Body image refers to “an individual’s psychological experience of the appearance and function of his/her body and is one aspect of an individual’s mental representation of him/herself” (Friedman et al., 2002). This complex phenomenon influences behavior and self-esteem. When someone has negative body image, it permeates all aspects of life, with extreme body dissatisfaction leading to behaviors that adversely affect physical and mental health.

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Body image and dissatisfaction in middle and late life by Shari Feuz-326

Body image and dissatisfaction in middle and late life by Shari Feuz

At age 68, Carol’s exercise goals are to maintain her health, improve her balance and flatten her tummy. Seventy-two-year-old Joan works out to improve her bone density and to trim down. These real-life examples show that concerns about body weight and appearance can stay with us into our later years, and that adults of all ages want to shape up and look youthful. Some will go to great lengths to do so. This begs the question: Do body image issues persist across the life span?

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Emotional intelligence at work by Terry Ferebee Eckmann-251

Emotional intelligence at work by Terry Ferebee Eckmann

As health and fitness professionals, many of our characteristics affect our ability to make a difference in people’s lives. For instance, we need to know exercise science, teaching methods and nutrition, as well as how to apply that information. But, of all the qualities or characteristics necessary, emotional intelligence may be the most essential to succeed.

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Encouraging friendships and social support by Elizabeth Best-Martini, M.S., and Kim A. Botenhagen-DiGenova, M.A.-194

Encouraging friendships and social support by Elizabeth Best-Martini, M.S., and Kim A. Botenhagen-DiGenova, M.A.

Many older participants in physical activity live in settings other than their own private homes. This relocation may have altered their previous relationships with family and friends.

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