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Exercise for Aging Adults

A Guide for Practitioners

  • Gail M. Sullivan
  • Alice K. Pomidor


  • Provides practical strategies

  • Contains keypoints and case examples

  • Includes a link to video clips with exercises?


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Maren S. Fragala
    Pages 1-11
  3. Melissa J. Benton
    Pages 13-27
  4. Liza Stathokostas, Gareth Jones
    Pages 29-39
  5. Lynn B. Panton, Ashley L. Artese
    Pages 41-58
  6. Kenneth Brummel-Smith
    Pages 59-66
  7. Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo
    Pages 85-96
  8. Gail M. Sullivan
    Pages 111-121
  9. Ellen Binder
    Pages 123-129
  10. Jennifer Sokol Brach
    Pages 131-138
  11. Marcia G. Ory, Samuel D. Towne Jr., Alan B. Stevens, Chae Hee Park, Wojtek Jan Chodzko-Zajko
    Pages 139-150
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 151-155

About this book


This book translates the new findings in exercise research for the elderly for busy practitioners, trainees, students and administrators. This book provides practical strategies that can be implemented immediately in the common settings in which practitioners care for adults. The format includes key points and case examples which showcase the strong evidence supporting exercise by older adults as a key tool to enhance health, prevent serious outcomes, such as hospitalization and functional loss, and as part of the treatment plan for diseases that are common in older adults. Written by experts in the field of exercise in older persons, this book is a guide to maintaining quality of life and functional independence from frail to healthy aging adults. Strategies and exercises are discussed for specific care settings and illustrated via links to video examples, to ensure readers can immediately apply described techniques.

Exercise for Aging Adults: A Guide for Practitioners is a useful tool for physicians, residents in training, medical students, physical therapists, gerontology advance practice nurse practitioners, assisted living facility administrators, directors of recreation, and long-term care directors.


Aging physiology and exercise Arthritis and frailty Assisted living and long term facilities Exercise benefits for older adults Flexibility Writing the exercise prescription

Editors and affiliations

  • Gail M. Sullivan
    • 1
  • Alice K. Pomidor
    • 2
  1. 1.UConn Center on AgingUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineFarmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeriatricsFlorida State University College of MedicineTallahasseeUSA

About the editors

Dr. Gail Sullivan is Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Education, and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director at the UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. She teaches geriatrics to medical and other trainees and sees patients through the UConn Health Center’s Geriatrics Associates’ practice.
Dr. Sullivan has presented at regional, national and international meetings on various geriatric medicine topics, such as Geriatric Educational Strategies; Medical Education Research; The Approach to the Older Patient; Exercise in Older Persons;  and Pharmacology. Dr. Sullivan is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.  A fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society, Dr. Sullivan is listed in “Best Doctors in America,” “Best Doctors for Women” (Connecticut Magazine), and “Top Doctors in the Greater Hartford Area” (Hartford Magazine).
Dr. Alice Pomidor is a family practice geriatrician who has taught a variety of topics in geriatrics for over 25 years.  Her areas of expertise cover a myriad of older adult topics, including older adult driving, physical activity, health literacy, and falls prevention. Her research interests include innovated educational tools, such as educational video games and technology to teach geriatric concepts. She is a former fellowship director and served previously as a division chief of

geriatrics, as well as a medical director at multiple retirement and long-term care communities.
In addition to her work as a researcher and educator, Dr. Pomidor dedicates herself to numerous community activities and serves on the Board of the local Alzheimer's Project. She is a member of the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition in Florida and a former president of the Florida Geriatrics Society. She is also the chair of the Public Education Committee and a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, and offers her clinical services at the Wound Healing Center in Tallahassee.   

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Exercise for Aging Adults
  • Book Subtitle A Guide for Practitioners
  • Editors Gail M. Sullivan
    Alice K. Pomidor
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-16094-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-16095-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 155
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geriatrics/Gerontology
    Primary Care Medicine
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Industry Sectors
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Internal Medicine & Dermatology


“The purpose is to provide professionals working with older adults, who may have various levels of function and disease conditions, with appropriate physical activity recommendations that can be implemented in a variety of settings. … This is an excellent handbook for any healthcare or community-based practitioners interested in promoting exercise among older adults. … This should be on the bookshelf of every practitioner caring for older adults.” (Lorraine J. Phillips, Doody’s Book Reviews, October, 2015)