Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fitness Programs in Assisted-Living Facilities

I was pleased to pick up the Winston-Salem Journal newspaper this morning and see the lead story on the front page was "Staying Fit...Residents of Assisted-Living Communities Work Out, Feel Better."

The story describes the successes of residents who have taken part in a fitness program connected to the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The program is being conducted by Dr. Jeff Williams, associate professor of medicine, and Dr. Jack Rajeski, professor of health and exercise science. Williams is quoted as saying: "The goal of this partnership is to work with Senior Living Communities and volunteers from more than 10,000 residents in communities across the Southeast to better understand factors which contribute to maintaining independence."

Further, the story reports "Studies have shown that about 50 percent of the physical decline associated with aging can be prevented or delayed through physical activity."

I'm pleased to learn of the Wake Forest program. I don't know how involved Pam Wilson and the RT staff at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are in the fitness program for seniors in but I hope they are.

The main reason for this post is to focus on the positive effects of fitness on elderly persons and to encourage RTs to conduct fitness programs for thier clients. Also, perhaps RT faculty should become involved in studies like the Wake Forest study to provide empirical evidence of the effects of fitness programs in assisted-living facilities.


Blogger Almavia Ofsanrafael said...


This is a really informative post. Assisted living facilities allows you as much freedom or assistance as you desire. You might benefit from living in an assisted-living community if you need or want some extra help with housekeeping, or with personal tasks like bathing or getting yourself to and from appointments. Thanks for this information...

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