Wojtek J.Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D., FACSM
Sport and Exercise for Seniors
Research has shown that strengthening exercises are both safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health. In fact, people with health concerns—including heart disease or arthritis—often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting weights a few times each week.
Strength training, particularly in conjunction with regular aerobic exercise, can also have a profound impact on a person's mental and emotional health.
Dr.Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D., FACSM comes on the show to discuss the latest research that shows that strength training for the older adult can help improve quality of life and be both effective and invigorating.
Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D., is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. His primary research interests are in the area of aging and physical activity. For the past 15 years, he has focused on the effect of exercise and physical activity on sensory, motor, and cognitive functioning in old age.
Dr. Chodzko-Zajko served on the World Health Organization, Scientific Advisory Committee which issued Guidelines for Physical Activity in Older Adults. He also serves on the ACSM Strategic Health Initiative on Aging and Exercise. Dr. Chodzko-Zajko is Editor of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. He is also President of the International Society on Aging and Physical Activity. In 1999 he served as chairperson of the 5th World Congress on Physical Activity, Aging and Sports.
Melanie Cole, M.S.