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active ageing

According to ukactive’s Reimagining Ageing report, in the next 20 years one in seven of the UK population will be over 75. By 2030, the number of over 60s in the UK will be 20m, 31 per cent more than today

looking fit,” says Swainson. “Also, older trainers bring life experience to their work, which is very valuable. “Having faced, and overcome, various issues in terms of staying active, they are in a great position to advise clients on how to overcome their barriers to success. Plus, those coming from high-powered executive jobs also bring fantastic organisational, management and IT skills with them.” However, welcoming older people into clubs does throw up a few challenges, especially if they are very elderly, suffer from a long term condition, or have 58

mobility issues, which is why CIMSPA has launched the new professional standard, The Working with People with Long Term Conditions Professional Standard.

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“This is the product of our consultation across the health and sport sectors,” says CIMSPA’s head of education, Colin Huffen. “It provides practitioners with the framework of skills and knowledge required to work with people with single long-term conditions, or at risk of developing a long-term condition and people who present with co-morbidities.”

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Serco Leisure has also recently introduced a new CIMSPA-accredited one day workshop designed to upskill instructors on how to better understand the motivations and goals of older people. Developed along with Life Fitness Academy, the course covers workout design and the interpersonal skills needed to make sure the class is fun and social. “In later life, it’s key that people maintain their quads, as these have a huge impact on reducing falls, and improving balance in general,” says Paul Street, national health and fitness manager at Serco Leisure. “Our workshop looks at

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Health Club Management May 2019  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.

Health Club Management May 2019  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.