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Aaron Witte, PT, recently completed advanced training to become a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA). The training consisted of three weekend courses at KU Medical Center. The program was designed to enhance the ability to appropriately examine and provide quality exercise that will yield optimal benefits for the aging adult.
The first course covered the anatomical and physiological changes that occur with aging, including disease and disability, and the effects of inactivity on these changes. The best tests and measures for the examination of aging adults were detailed, including tests of aerobic capacity, anthropometric characteristics, attention and cognition, strength and ROM, and gait, locomotion and balance.
The second course covered the beneficial responses to exercise for several body systems. The principles for safe and effective exercise for the aging adult were addressed.
Participants were instructed in exercise prescription for the aging adult, including training for aerobic conditioning; balance, coordination, and agility; flexibility; gait and locomotion; and muscle strength, power, and endurance.
The third course provided information on exercise for special populations (eg, those with heart problems, cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, arthritis). Barriers to effective exercise prescription and motivational strategies for overcoming these barriers were discussed. The effects of medications commonly used by aging adults and their effects on exercise performance were also reviewed. Nutritional screening and requirements for the exercising aging adult were provided. Complementary exercises were discussed including aquatics, tai chi, yoga, and Pilates.
Upon completion of each course, an exam was given and must be passed to receive the certification along with a practical evaluation performed with a course instructor. Evaluation
“Audrain Medical Center is so privileged to have individuals like Aaron, who are willing to continue to educate themselves for the benefit of our patients,” stated Jenea Smith, Director of Rehabilitation Services.
If you are interested in learning more about this treatment, please contact Healthworks at 573-582-8888. Patients must be referred for treatment by a physician.