Physical fitness and training for elderly.
Mike is Director of Health promotion at Timber Hill Athletic Club for the last 12 years.
He has a graduate degree in exercise physiology – adult fitness ( heart disease prevention) and he works on “healthy aging” in club members, and the community.
His primary experience is in worksite health promotion program management and development
- What does it mean to be old? What’s your age cut-off for elderly?
- The fitness industry must adapt to a huge population of boomers who’s physical and psycho-social needs are different than younger populations.
- What do you mean by psycho-social needs?
- Don’t people get to an age where, let’s face it, it’s too late for exercise to have any benefit? Isn’t it more of a hazardous activity at some point in life?
- Boomers want functional fitness to be able to do things, play with grandkids. How does “functional fitness” differ from other kinds of fitness?
- Elders want to be functional in the final stage – years of their lives. How should a fitness program evolve from say, age 60, over the next 20-30 years?
- What about living in the city---talk about hiking and biking opportunities…
- What about skiing? I belong to a “70 Plus” ski club that has members in their 90’s. Do you think that’s a good thing?
- What about dancing? Do you think this is something we should be doing more of?
- Do you agree with CDC recommends two kinds of exercises for seniors:
1. aerobic: 30 minutes, 5 times/week
2, muscle/strengthening: 2 or more times/week…all major muscle groups
They say that only c. 1/3rd of US pop. over age 65 gets this level of exercise….
- What is it about muscle building that is important for older folks? We’re not trying to show off our physique over spring break. What’s the deal with strength training?
- What about stretching/flexibility---how important is yoga and other stretching vs aerobic/muscular?
- Do you think it’s true that “sitting is the new smoking?”
- Are you familiar with Tai Chi? Do you think it’s something older folks should be doing?
- Isn’t there a danger in over-exercising? How does a person recognize their limits---know how far to go?
- What do you think of the digital watch fitness programs that track body metrics and steps?
- Aside from health clubs and fitness centers, do you think
- Is there a need for group exercise activities for elders in say public squares? Should the City of Portland be organizing group exercises for elders in public parks?
Lauren Hunter, City Parks & Rec
- Five year round centers: “the big five.”
- Mt. Scott
- South west
- Charles Johnson
- Plus other, smaller community centers
- Classes: water classes, pastels, writing, performance art, memoirs, geneology
- No. of users: send out 8,000 guides
- Hiking program: three levels
- Motion movers (2 hours)
- Hikes for health (6 hours(
- Wilderness (very fit)
- Budget? Fees: c. $50,000/year
- Volunteers: had a dinner for 209 (70 core members)
- Intensive training
- Most popular programs
- Van excursions (160 per year)
- Hiking program