Senior Fitness Assessment

Are You Ready To Get Back In Shape and Stay Independent?

Medical Issues to Consider Before Beginning Any Fitness or Weight Bearing Program

We're going to go through a check list of issues to help define what is the best way for you to feel more energized and independent by working out and increasing your activity. Senior fitness is meant to design safe programs that take health and joint issues into consideration when selecting the most effective activities for where you are now and where you want to be.

Health Conditions with Possible Contraindications For Exercise

  • Heart Attack, angina (chest pain), or any vascular disease
  • Diabetes, or associated issues like neuropathy
  • Respiratory disorders such as asthma or COPD
  • Neurological disorders such as epilepsy or Parkinson's
  • Joint pain such as arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bone issues such as low density, osteopenia or osteoporosis
  • Muscle loss such as those which result from sarcopenia
  • Movement disorders such as those that result from hearing or visual imparment
  • Chemical dependencies on drugs (prescribed or otherwise) and alcohol
  • Depression, anxiety or other diagnosed forms of psychological issues
Self-assessment of Wellness
  1. Would you describe your health as Excellent, Needs Work, or Not Good?
  2. Did any health issues interfere with your ability to go about your day?
    1. If yes, did it interfere significantly, often enough to notice, or only once?
  3. Have you been experiencing pain or discomfort throughout your body?
    1. If yes, would you say it was a little, a lot, or incessant?
  4. How would you describe your quality of life? On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being lowest.
  5. Are you able to maintain Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)?
    • Personal Hygiene - such as bathing or brushing teeth
    • Eating - feeding oneself
    • Dressing - making appropriate clothing decisions and putting clothes on
    • Continence - having the ability to use the restroom
    • Transferring - to stand from seated position or getting out of bed
  6. Are you able to maintain Incidentals of Daily Living (IADLs)?
    • Communication - using the phone
    • Transportation - can safely get to destinations either through driving or arranging rides
    • Meal Preparation - to cook, prepare, and use kitchen equipment
    • Shopping - make sensible food and clothing purchases
    • Housework - doing dishes, laundry, and keeping a tidy living space
    • Maintain Finances - managing money, paying bills and avoiding scams
    • Managing Medications - taking on time, correct dosage, and getting refills
Activity Levels and Social Engagement
  1. Are you able to get around your home without difficulty?
  2. Are you concerned with falling in and around your home?
  3. Can you walk a distance without help and without difficulty?
    • How far without difficulty? 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, full mile?
    • How long would you say it takes you to walk this distance?
    • How many stairs can you ascend without difficulty? One story or more?
  4. Are you able to do work around your house such as cleaning or laundry?
  5. Can you carry a bag of groceries without difficulty?
  6. Can you carry a duffle bag or suitcase filled with clothing such as for travel?
  7. Are you able to do yardwork?
  8. Do you engage in any regular exercise, such as hiking, cycling, or exercise classes?
  9. Do you have social activities in which you engage regularly? 
  10. Do you have a regular group of friends with whom you get together?
Do you require some assistance in getting through your daily activities? A properly designed exercise program can help you feel more independent.

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