By Sue Scott
''ABLE our bodies stability education bargains an activity-based software to enhance stability and mobility for either healthy and frail older adults. This useful instructor's consultant presents greater than one hundred thirty stability and mobility routines that reflect on flexibility power, and cardiorespiratory persistence. those workouts increase older adults' talents to keep up stability in finishing their daily tasks.''--BOOK JACKET.
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Taking turns is great, actually! It adds a nice social component and gives participants little breaks. Participants rest in between turns while they watch, laugh, and learn from each other. And, you’ll note that the person whose turn it is will almost always try a little harder when others watch. Any time you get a best effort is a good time. If for any reason a participant refuses a turn or an activity, honor and respect that choice, as you would any other good decision. Selecting Cardiorespiratory Activities Cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance in ABLE Bodies is the last component to gradually begin to fold into your balance training program when working with frail populations.
Instead, you may want to periodically conduct self-monitoring, or group types of tests. That is, select a few your participants can do easily as a group. Every few months have your class repeat the two or three tests. Participants can keep track of their own progress or perhaps you can keep a roll-call type of sheet for them. Remind them of their progress or milestones and the work it took on their part to achieve it. You can help them set reasonable goals. Periodically ask them to share their progress or any concerns they have.
During seated marching activities, always cue participants to keep the abdominals braced and to keep their arms on the chair arms if they need additional back support. As they improve, they can take their arms off the chairs and add arm swings. You can also vary marching patterns to use different muscle groups and to intersperse easier and more difficult work. Cues for varying marching patterns include “In, in, out, out” (narrow feet, wide feet) and “Big, big, small, small” (big knee lifts, small knee lifts).