Exercise and Activity for Older Adults

Exercise and Activity for Older Adults
Common Course ID: Physical Activity and Aging KINE3600
CSU Instructor Open Textbook Adoption Portrait

Abstract: This open textbook is being utilized in a Kinesiology course for undergraduate or graduate students by Kimberly SantaBarbara at San Bernardino The open textbook provides information on the aging process, exercise physiology, gerontology, sociology and nutrition. The main motivation to adopt an open textbook was to improve the quality of resources for this course Most student access the open textbook in files uploaded to Blackboard.

About the Course

Course Title and Number
Brief Description of course highlights:  KINE 3600 Physical Activity and Aging

Examination of the neurological and physiological changes associated with the aging process from post-adolescence through the senior years. Includes information concerning special planning, implementing and evaluation of adult oriented physical activity programs. Content is consistent with skills necessary to prepare students as a health and fitness specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine. (3 units).  This course is part of the Kinesiology major and also open to students in other departments as part of the gerontology certificate

Student population:   Include range of majors, typical incoming knowledge and/or skills (including not meeting prerequisites). Share demographics for students who take the class e.g. common majors, previous preparation, etc
Most students are kinesiology majors, some are nursing or social work majors. Kinesiology majors have some background in exercise programming for the general population. Most students have no background in gerontology or general aging theories. 

Learning or student outcomes: 

  1. Discuss the biological fundamentals of the aging process. 
  2. Connect the psychological, sociocultural, and physiological aspects of the aging process.
  3. Identify the differences in aging for both men and women
  4. Apply the benefits of physical activity for the older adult
  5. Construct and analyze an exercise plan for an older adult
  6. Conduct screening, assessment and goal setting for older adults 
  7. Explain the day to day needs, logistics and safety procedures in caring for older adults
  8. Analyze ethics and professional conduct when working older adults
  9.  Identify problem solving methods and utilize teaching strategies for working with an older population
  10. Develop a concept on how to improve quality of life for older adult

Key challenges faced and how resolved: It is difficult to find material specific to this area as in general it is not a common course or subject matter. I found that by combining a large range of material I was able to connect the subjects of exercise and gerontology in a way that students could benefit from.  I was not able to find one, or even 2 resources that covered all the material for this course. I had to use a large variety of resources combined together to cover everything for this course which was a bit of a challenge. But I believe that it provides a well rounded set of resources for the students.

Syllabus and/or Sample assignment from the course or the adoption 
Each week students did readings from the text collection following the below schedule.

Module 1: Intro to Aging
Module 2: Physiology and Psychology of Aging
Module 3: Menopause

Module 4: Daily Life and Aging
Module 5: Benefits of Physical Activity
Module 6: Specific activities for older adults, Yoga + Strength

Module 7: Building an Exercise Prescription
Module 8: Motivation and Goals
Module 9: Common Conditions and Comorbidities

Spring Break
Module 10: Special Populations
Module 11: Mental Health and Cognitive Decline

Module 12: Nutrition
Module 13: Teaching Strategies and Older adults
Module 14: First Aid for Older Adults

Module 15: Conclusion

OER/Low Cost Adoption

OER/Low Cost Adoption Process

Provide an explanation or what motivated you to use this textbook or OER/Low Cost option. I wanted to be able to save students money and improve the learning materials compared to the previous text. I felt that for the price of the previous text it did not offer particularly high quality or up to date information.

How did you find and select the open textbook for this course? I found all material by looking through the OER commons website

Sharing Best Practices: TI suggest also looking into what resources the campus library has as that may provide good supplementary material as well.

About the Instructor

Kimberly SantaBarbara
California State University, San Bernardino
My teaching philosophy is to guide students to find their own strengths and use their strengths to achieve their goals. I believe in making any course relevant to students’ future career goals and use real world application to illustrate concepts from the course.

Courses taught:  Lifetime Fitness and Wellness KINE 205, Exercise Science Software KINE 240, Physical Activity and Aging KINE 360, Sports Nutrition KINE 382, Yoga, Weight Training, Pilates, and, Body Conditioning group fitness activity classes as KINE 114

About the Resource/Textbook 

Textbook or OER/Low cost Title: 

Brief Description:  Concepts covered include: biological fundamentals of the aging process, psychological, sociocultural, and physiological aspects of the aging process, logistics and safety procedures in caring for older adults, details of physical activity benefits, exercise physiology, nutrition for older adults, general physiology. 

A variety of resources were used all from the OER commons

  1. Anatomy and Physiology Support and Movement: Muscle tissue:
  2. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  3. Introduction to Sociology 2e: Aging and the Elderly
  4. Health issues for the aging population
  5. Retiring Lives?
  6. Aging, Bench to Bedside
  7. Ageing and Residential Care:
  8. Human Nutrition: Chapter 15

Student access:  Materials uploaded to Blackboard for the students to access .
Cost Savings: Traditional textbook was $53.99
License: All material is creative commons attribution..