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Activity Professional

Activity Director CourseProgram Duration: 4 Months
Course Contact Hours: 275
Student Tuition: $4,000.00

Our Activity Director course not only deals with how to offer interesting programs designed to produce positive, social, entertaining, educational opportunities for occupants of independent, assisted living, personal care and nursing home communities and adult day facilities. This program also exposes students to gerontology in a caring way which enables Activity Professionals to understand seniors and the most ideal means of working with them with success.

Activity Professional


Activity Director Course

At this time there are lots of sorts of establishments where Activity Professionals work. Activity Professionals, also called Activity Directors, might work in long-term care facilities, assisted living communities or adult day care programs. The Activity Professional supplies activities for residents in these spaces and can perform many diverse roles in the each community. The goal of the Activity Professional is to build a homelike setting where the residents have control of their lives. There are also administrative obligations and resident care services in addition to plenty of additional tasks that keep the work enjoyable.

Prerequisite(s): None

Activity Professional

After finishing this Activity Director course, you should have the ability to:

  •  Understand the duty of the activity professional in adult care.
  • Recognize techniques for person-centered activity programming.
  • Recognize the steps to assess, document, as well as prep treatment plans.
  •  Specify approaches for quality control and time management.
  • Pinpoint the procedures in planning and executing a productive exercise routine.

Aging & Society


Aging & Society

Aging & Society introduces you to gerontology in a thoughtful manner which helps you understand seniors and learn how to work with them. This training course combines sound academics along with an empathetic perspective of the lives of aging people. Our Aging & Society Program will help students recognize the complex concerns of social gerontology and aging by employing a life course perspective which sees growing old as an unfolding and compelling process. We will incorporate a conceptual/theoretical and functional focus which will allow students both to comprehend the aging process and to make connections between social interpretations of age and their own present and future lives.
Prerequisite(s): None

Aging & Society

After finishing this course, you should have the ability to:

  •  Comprehend how the social construction of aging influences social gerontology research.
  • Identify the qualities of today’s population aged 65 and older.
  • Determine the leading concepts of biological aging as well as patterns of health problems in later life.
  • Comprehend how family variations and partnerships support social functioning.
  • Determine the present technological and medical developments for older people.


Activity Professional


Activity Professional

Activity Professional Module 1
The Activity Professional’s Role

  • Introduction to the Field of Activity Professionals  Culture Change and Growth in Long-Term Care
  • Industry Terminology
  • Myths & Realities of Aging 2000
  • Older Americans Act
  • Imagine Yourself at 84
  • Reactions to Illness
  • Their Families
  • Diagnosis and Chronic Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • The Wellness Tree of Life
  • Sensory Loss
  • Death & Dying
  • Professionalism in this Field
  • Physical Environment
  • Personal Environment
  • Cultural Environment
  • Working Environment
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Activity Professional Module 2
Person-Centered Activity Programming

  • Person-Centered Programs
  • Physical Activity & Exercise with Older Adults
  • Activity Review Forms
  • OBRA Interpretive Guidelines Tips
  • Challenges and Techniques of Group work
  • Activity Consolation
  • Activity Suggestions
  • Leisure, Leisure, Leisure
  • Activity Supplies
  • Activity Analysis
  • One-to-One Programming
  • Multi-Sensory, Multi-Level theme Activities
  • Programming for Severe Cognitive Impairments
  • Sensory Integration & Stimulation
  • Programming for Mild to Moderate Cognitive Impairments
  • Validating Activities
  • Remotivating / Reminiscing Activities
  • Resocializing Activities
  • Resocializing Activities

Activity Professional Module 3
Assessment, Documentation & Treatment Plans

  • Short-Term Stays Rehab Activities
  • Cognitive Stimulation & Retraining Activities
  • Community Integration Activities
  • Documentation Principles
  • Introduction to Required Documentation
  • Activity Documentation
  • The Initial Assessment
  • Activity Assessment
  • Standardized Scales & Assessment Tools
  • Discharge from the Nursing Home
  • Resident Assessment Instruments
  • The RAI Process
  • Filing out the MDS
  • Resident Assessment Protocols
  • Care Planning
  • Monitoring the Treatment Plan
  • Quarterly Review
  • Annual Review
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Activity Professional Module 4
Quality Assurance & Management Roles

  • Resident Council
  • Family Council
  • Activity Department Volunteers
  • One-on-One Volunteer Friendship Programs
  • Quality Assurance
  • Infection Control
  • Risk Management
  • Immediate Jeopardy
  • Resident’s Rights
  • Restraints
  • Behavior Management
  • Time Management
  • Budgets
  • Policies and Procedures
  • OBRA Regulations
  • Surveys & Survey Groups
  • Medications in the Elderly

Activity Professional Module 5
Planning a Successful Exercise Program

  • Defining Frail Elders & Special Needs
  • Common Medical Disorders in the Elderly
  • The Exercise Program
  • Make It Motivating, Safe and Effective
  • Creating a Sense of Fun and community
  • Setting UP a Group Exercise Class
  • Helpful Tips for Starting the Exerciser Class
  • Safety Precautions for Warm-Ups
  • Guidelines for Warm-Up Exercises
  • Basic Seated Warm-Up Exercises
  • Basic Standing Warm-Up Exercises
  • Variations and Progression
  • Range-of-Motion Instruction

Activity Professional Module 6
Implementing an Exercise Program

  • Aerobic Training for Cardiovascular Endurance
  • Safety Precautions for Aerobic Training
  • Guidelines for Aerobic Training
  • Aerobics Instruction
  • Resistance Training for Muscular Strength
  • Myths About Resistance Training
  • Safety Precautions for Resistance Training
  • Guidelines for Resistance Training
  • Resistance Training Instruction
  • Stretching and Relaxation Exercises
  • Safety Precautions for Cool-Down Exercises
  • Guidelines for Cool-Down Exercises
  • Stretching Instruction
  • Putting Your Exercise Program Together
  • Designing Your Exercise Program
  • Scheduling Your Exercise Classes
  • Modifying the Exercises
  • Maintaining Fitness Results
  • Monitoring Attendance and Progress

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Aging & Society


Aging & Society

Aging & Society Module 1
The Field of Social Gerontology

  • The Social Construction of Age
  • Myths and Beliefs About Aging
  • Age as a Classification Tool
  • Social Hierarchies
  • The Origins of Gerontology
  • The Emergence of Gerontology as a Scientific Field
  • Career Opportunities in Gerontolog
  • Surveys and Observations in Social Gerontology Research

Aging & Society Module 2
Demography, Population Characteristics, and Living Arrangements

  • Sex, Race, and Ethnicity
  • Age Structure of the Population
  • Birth Rates, Death Rates, and Migration
  • The Demographic Transition
  • The Importance of Baby Boomers
  • Characteristics of the 65+ Population Today
  • Poverty in Later Life
  • Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

Aging & Society Module 3
Theories of Aging  Why Theories in Social Gerontology

  • Individual, Society, and Individual and Societal Theoretical Foundations
  • Twentieth-Century Theories About Later Life
  • Beliefs About Aging and Old People
  • Individual and Society Level Theories
  • Age Stratification and Life Course
  • Power and Inequality Approaches
  • Political Economy of Aging

Aging & Society Module 4
Health, Illness, and Health Care in Later Life

  • The Fountain of Youth
  • Longevity and Long Life
  • Biological Theories of Aging
  • Age-Related Changes and Health
  • Changes in Physical Appearances
  • Acute and Chronic Illnesses
  • Functional Disabilities and Limitations in Activities
  • Patterns of Health Care Use

Aging & Society Module 5
Personality and Adult Development

  • Adult Socialization
  • Self-Concept and Self-Esteem
  • Stage Theories of Personality Development
  • The Discovery of Midlife and Beyond
  • Eight Stages of Life and Generativity
  • The Seasons of Life
  • Late Life Personality Changes
  • Successful Aging

Aging & Society Module 6
Cognition, Intelligence, and Memory

  • Fluid and Crystallized Intelligence
  • Cognitive Decline
  • Information Processing, Learning, Memory
  • Subsystems of Memory
  • Techniques to Improve Memory
  • Cognitive Changes: Inevitable, Myth, or Mediated by Life Changes?
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

Aging & Society Module 7
Family Relationships and Social Bonds

  • What are Families?
  • Life Chances and the Family
  • Family Structure Variations Today
  • Contemporary Traditional Family Forms
  • Families in Later Life
  • Love and Intimacy
  • Social Supports
  • Relatives and Friends as Sources of Social Support

Aging & Society Module 8
Work, Retirement, and Leisure

  • Labor Force Participation
  • Education Participation
  • Retirement
  • Factors Influencing Workers to Retire
  • Health and Retirement
  • Retirement as a Labor Management Strategy
  • Postretirement Patterns
  • Leisure Activities

Aging & Society Module 9
Economic Security, Public Policy, and Politics

  • Income in Later Life
  • Distribution of Income and Assets
  • Net Worth in Later Life
  • Income Inequality in Later Life
  • Expenditures: Older People as Consumers
  • Types of Expenditures
  • Legislation Benefiting Older Americans
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Aging & Society Module 10
Death, Dying, and Bereavement

  • Twenty-First-Century Morality Trends
  • The Changing Demography of Death
  • Death in American Society
  • Fear of Death and Attitudes Toward Dying
  • Funeral Practices
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Advance Directives
  • Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning

Aging & Society Module 11
Social Policy, Economics, and Demography

  • Aging Globally: Lessons for Social Policy
  • Populations Aging and Social Policy in Asia
  • Economic Challenges for an Aging Population
  • Retirement Income
  • Framing Social Policies of Aging and Older People
  • The Social Security Debate
  • Medicare
  • Paying for Long-Term Care

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Certification: None

Required Materials: 

Activity Professional
Materials Included:

  • Long Term Care for Activity Professionals and Recreational Therapists by Elizabeth Best-Martini
  • Exercise for Frail Elders by Elizabeth Best-Martini

Aging & Society
Materials Included:

  • Social Gerontology: Issues and Prospects by Elizabeth W. Markson & Peter J. Stein

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  •  Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience.
  • Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
  • Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp(downloadble  from Apple).
  • 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
  • Web Browsers
  • Google Chrome is highly recommended
  • Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
  • Cookies MUST be enabled
  • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses.
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
  • Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)