NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
PED 220 - ADULT HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (2 - 3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Provides direct application of the theories of aging and physical activity. Teaches techniques for developing appropriate individualized fitness and activity programs for older adults. Focuses on physical, social, and mental well being. Includes assessment and evaluation of physical fitness principles, role of exercise in disease prevention, leadership skills, and communication strategies. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

* 3 Credits includes exercise leadership and CPR.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

To provide the student with a basic understanding of aging, fitness, and appropriate program planning for the older adult.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCY

None

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    A. understand the basic theories of aging
    B. understand the role of exercise and activity on aging
    C. plan and implement an appropriate personal activity/exercise program for an older adult
    D. identify social, psychological, medical, and fitness status of an individual older adult
    E. plan, organize, and implement an activity for older adults with a variety of health concerns
    F. understand leadership and communication techniques necessary working with a variety of older adults
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED
    A. Introduction to the theories of aging
    B. Components of fitness/wellness
    C. Physiological changes of aging
    D. Mental health and the aged
    E. Individual assessments of fitness, social, psychological, and medical status
    F. Role of exercise in disease prevention
    G. Planning appropriate and safe exercise/activity programs
    H. Medication and drug use
    I. Working with adaptive equipment
    J. Nutrition
    K. Stress Management
    L. Communication skills
    M. Exercise/activity leadership
    N. Strength training, aerobic activity, stretching
OPTIONAL TOPICS A. Adaptive devices to manage the environment
B. Alternative modalities to manage chronic conditions
C. Back care
D. Balance and fall prevention
E. Sexuality
F. Posture
G. Heart Health
H. Pain Management
I. Cultural Diversity
J. Tai Chi
K. Dance
L. Recreational activities
Revised 10/93

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