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Millions of older adults need your help

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 2.1 million people aged 60 and older are projected to be living in the United States by 2050. Despite this massive number of people, older adults represent a virtually untapped market for health and exercise professionals. Unlike the aging generations that came before them, older adults are more focused on fitness and health, and have the financial security to afford fitness services. Moreover, working with older adults offers the opportunity to completely transform lives through improved function and quality of life.

Support senior clients to lead healthy and happy lives

This growing population of older adults is seeking to gain strength and vitality while warding off inactivity-related disease and cognitive decline—and you can help them achieve their goals. The NEW & IMPROVED ACE Senior Fitness Specialist Program will teach you how to safely and effectively help senior clients maintain vibrancy through health and fitness. You'll discover a holistic approach to both body and brain health, combining rapport-building, behavior change, exercise programming, nutrition and cognitive health. Most older adults are impacted by some type of age-related chronic illness, injury or cognitive decline, so this specialized expertise will help increase your value and client pool.

Led by Sabrena Jo, ACE's Director of Science and Research, the ACE Senior Fitness Specialist Program will give you the confidence and knowledge to meet the unique needs of senior clients so you can support and coach them as they reach their health and fitness goals.

What's in the curriculum?

This updated program covers a wide variety of programming options, assessments and communication techniques to help you understand the role health and fitness plays in the lives of older adults. You will learn how exercise is central to restoring or maintaining their functional independence and health. In addition, you will find out how to design programs that take into account their personality, needs, goals, stage of readiness and physical activity experience. The program also covers the neurophysiological and cognitive effects of various exercise and physical activity interventions, as well as certain lifestyle interventions, so you can make recommendations that address the various stages of cognitive decline, such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease, in a structured, targeted and evidence-based fashion.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand the unique psychological and physiological needs of senior clients
  • Assess, evaluate and modify movement for senior clients to create a personalized program
  • Apply program design techniques using the updated ACE IFT® Model
  • Collaborate with senior clients to identify specific cognitive health goals
  • Partner with other health professionals to support a senior client's physical and cognitive health

How do I become an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist?

To become an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist, you will complete each of the modules listed below, as well as complete the quizzes associated with the material.

Anyone may complete the Senior Fitness Specialist Program, but only those who also hold a current NCCA-accredited certification or an equivalent professional credential will be recognized as an ACE Specialist. For a list of accepted pre-requisite credentials, click here.