WEBINAR | Integrating Brain Stimulating Exercise into Older Adult Programming


This webinar was broadcast April 24, 2018. Your purchase of this webinar will enable you to download a recording. You must download the recording within 30 days of purchase.

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Presented by Cody Sipe, PhD

Did you know that integrating brain-stimulating exercise movements and strategies is easier than you think? One of the rapidly growing aging population’s main concerns is developing Alzheimer’s disease. And with good reason as dementia is quickly becoming a huge threat to the health and well-being of older adults. The U.S. ranks fourth in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and the number of cases is expected to more than triple by 2050. It is also the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.

The latest research and and expert consensus reports clearly indicate that “brain training” software and games (like sukodu or crossword puzzles) have very limited ability to improve cognitive performance and reduce dementia risk. The best way to improve cognition and stave off Alzheimer’s is through a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise. While almost any type of exercise is good for the brain we will specifically explore exercise strategies, movements and programs that improve both functional and cognitive ability in older adults.

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Cody Sipe, PhD, is the co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute (FAI). For over 15 years, Cody has been at the forefront of developing innovative, effective and science-based training programs for their older clients. Over the past 8 years he and co-founder Dan Ritchie, PhD, have shared their unique philosophies, techniques and insights with tens of thousands of trainers around the world. During that time they reviewed almost every “senior fitness” certification program on the market and could not find any that met their high standards. They decided then and there to create high quality certifications that would help fitness professionals to be more successful with the fastest-growing client base in the world…adults 55 and over.

Cody has an extensive background in the fitness industry with 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, program director, exercise physiologist and club owner. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research in the physical therapy program at Harding University.

He has spent his career researching, developing and practicing the most effective training strategies to improve function in older adults. He has completed certifications as an ACSM Exercise Specialist, ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, FallProof Balance and Mobility Enhancement Specialist and more. His secondary area of expertise is in the prevention and management of chronic disease conditions, especially those that accompany the aging process such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. In 2005 he was honored with the IDEA Program Director of the Year award.

Learn more about Cody and FAI at their website, functionalaginginstitute.com.