Updated: Jan 15
General fitness establishes the quality of life, but it often decreases with age. Fitness is very important for those in their senior years, because independence depends on an older adult’s ability to move safely while performing daily-and recreational-activities. Older adults need to have adequate strength, flexibility, agility, balance and endurance to accomplish everyday tasks such as climbing stairs, getting in/out of a car, getting up, crossing a street, carrying groceries, self-care, etc. Assessing these components of fitness can detect weaknesses which can be treated before causing serious functional limitations, such as a fall and fall-related injuries. Therefore it is vital to find out the functional fitness level in an older adult in order for a health or fitness professional to design a targeted exercise program.
Any senior exercise program developed without this test is like ‘shooting from the hip’, you may hit or miss your target or wellness/fitness goal. Time is valuable, when older adults lose function to the point that they live close to losing independence an exercise program that meets the specific target or impairment will provide best results.
The Senior Fitness Test was developed as part of the LifeSpan Wellness Program at the Center for Successful Aging at California State University at Fullerton, by Dr. Roberta Rikli and Dr. Jessie Jones. The test is sometimes known as the Fullerton Functional Test is a simple, easy-to-use battery of test items that assess the functional fitness of older adults ages 60 to 94 plus. The test describes easy to understand and effective tests to measure aerobic fitness, strength, flexibility, balance and agility using minimal and inexpensive equipment.
The Senior Fitness Test has been used by fitness professionals, health care professionals, physical therapists, and therapeutic recreation specialists who work with seniors and need to develop exercise intervention programs to improve functional health and fitness.
Jacqueline with Fitness & Function has been conducting the senior fitness test with hundreds of seniors over the last 20 years and developed exercise and intervention programs to meet the specific needs of these seniors. Performing this assessment on a regular basis once or twice a year and when medical status changes can help prevent loss in function and delay or slow down declines in function.
Senior Fitness Test At Home
We can conduct the Senior Fitness Test in the comfort and privacy in your home, additional assessments can be performed such as a Fall-Risk Screen and /or specific balance and mobility assessment. We use this information to develop and exercise prescription and design exercise programs that work.
Planning to stay independent starts with knowing your current level of fitness and function. Proper assessment can be the difference between independence and dependency.
Contact us to schedule your in-home senior fitness test.