Aging and Wellness Expert – new book

I recently finished the 2nd edition of my book Exercise Programming for Older Adults, originally published in 1995.  The new title is Exercise and Wellness for Older Adults, 2nd edition (2010).  The new book retains the same format by offering background and research into adult wellness, and lots of practical programming strategies.  It provides chair exercise, low-impact aerobics, water aerobics, arthritis exercise, and a new section on strength and power training exercises.  It also makes a significant shift from primarily "exercise-based" to a whole-person wellness approach incorporating all six dimensions of wellness- physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and vocational.  A new section focuses specifically on challenges and opportunities unique to wellness programming in seninor living settings.

There is one major difference between the 2010 and 1995 editions - my fundamental change from an age-based approach to a function-based approach.  Over the past 15 years it became very clear to me that age is just a number that has less to do with who a person is and what they're capable of than almost any other factor you could name. The old book made statements like, "older adults need _____, or older adults want _____".  I'm embarrassed by these generalizations now and have made a studied attempt to eliminate generalizations based on age and any other ageist thinking.  I added a new chapter on the psycho-social aspects of aging and wellness to help readers make that same shift.   I really hope this new book will be the practical guide you need to create and improve your exercise and wellness programs for mature adults.  Follow the Products tab at for more information.

3 responses to “Aging and Wellness Expert – new book”

  1. Maha El Khamissy says:

    Hello Kay
    I read your book and found it very enlighting especially for me as I am in the process of establishing an assisted living facility in Cairo Egypt. This book is a good resource for us who will be working in this field, however it would be more beneficial if it is translated to Arabic. Do you think we can collaborate in this?

  2. kay van norman says:

    Hi Maha, I forwarded your information to my publisher, Human Kinetics, so they could follow up on your request. Let me know how it goes. Kay

  3. It also makes a significant shift from primarily “exercise-based” to a whole-person wellness approach incorporating all six dimensions of wellness- physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and vocational.

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