Exercise, Sport and Health Education 315

ESHE 315: Physical Activity and Aging

Prerequisite: BIOL 105  

Credit Hours: (3)

Provides the student the opportunity to study the many individual facets of exercise, fitness and the aging process. Given the rapid increase in the number of elderly persons in our society, the student of the 21st century should be able to relate to and understand the any factors that affect the elderly from the health and fitness point of view.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Provides an in depth study of the many factors associated with exercise and the aging process. Topics covered will include: biological theories of aging, myths of aging, senility, sexuality, non productivity, psychosocial theories, functional age changes, anthropometric changes, illness prevention, sport and fitness factors, fitness programs and health parameters related to aging, facilities and equipments for activity programs and the measurement and evaluation of exercise programs for older adults.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Lecture based with a liberal use of audiovisual aids. Students will be required to present papers on relevant topics and interview senior citizens. Students will be given opportunities to work with the elderly at senior housing centers. Guest speakers may be used to provide for a variety of supportive experiences.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Discuss myths of aging and exercise.
2. Explain numerous theories of aging.
3. Understand and explain many anthropological and skeletal changes associated with the aging process.
4. Prescribe a fitness program for a senior citizen and be able to evaluate the success of the program.
5. Design and conduct an activity program for the aging.
6. Justify the need for special activities and programs for the elderly.
7. Determine factors in the purchase and selection of equipment and supplies for programs for the elderly.


Assessment Measures

1. Written exams.
2. Projects.
3. Term paper.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

September 2002 New Course Jon Poole

May, 2011