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With 2020 just around the corner, now is the perfect time for personal development to enhance your skillset and prepare for the new year.

Looking ahead at the clientele market for PTs, one of the biggest groups will be people aged over 65. A study published in May 2019 from Age UK found that there are currently around 12 million people aged 65 and over in the UK (1). This figure is only set to increase and, by 2030, one in five people in the UK will be aged 65 or over.

So, as a personal trainer, are you prepared to accommodate this group to make up a large portion of your clientele?

We all know the saying, ‘with age comes wisdom’, but more realistically it should be ‘with age comes wisdom and health problems’. The likelihood of being disabled and/or experiencing multiple chronic and complex health conditions increases with age. To be able to properly support these clients on their fitness journey, you need to understand how various conditions will affect their ability, mobility and mental health.

Parkinson’s is a disease regularly found in the older community and one in 37 people alive today will be diagnosed with it (1). As one of the most debilitating – but also mostly unknown – diseases, those with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of the chemical dopamine because some of the nerve cells that make it have died. However, it is still unknown exactly what causes those cells to die, just that it may be a combination of genetic and environmental factors (2).

As there is currently no long-lasting cure for this disease, our Continued Professional Development Parkinson’s Pro course from our Movement is Medicine section of our online education platform has been tailor-made to offer advice and information. It will help you support clients suffering from Parkinson’s to effectively manage their disease and maximise their quality of life.

In this blog series, we show you a sneak peek of our Movement is Medicine courses.

The second video in this series is: Parkinson’s Pro by Tim Webster

In this video, Parkinson’s sufferer Brent explains the ways Tim’s teaching has helped him manage this disease.

Are you interested in learning more about Parkinson’s? Sign-up today to FitPro’s 10-hour online course; ‘Parkinson’s Pro







About the Author

Tim Webster

Tim Webster’s community work includes mentoring the homeless in London with the Big Issue, chairing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch, helping small roadside businesses in Uganda with his microfinance company Capital for Life, and most recently founding a charitable trust in New Zealand called Exercise as Medicine NZ, which launched in 2018. Through this organisation, Tim and his wife Kris Tynan deliver targeted exercise and rehabilitation programmes to people with long-term health conditions like Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. With over 40 years’ experience in health and fitness, Tim is also a Justice of the Peace in New Zealand and even holds a UK private pilot’s licence.

 Key expertise:

  • Author of training courses for exercise professionals covering Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, respiratory conditions, prostate cancer, kidney disease and cognitive skills.
  • Presenter at fitness events around the world, including IHRSA and Club Industry in the US, Filex in Australia, The All Russian Congress on Physical Activity in Moscow and other European events.
  • Founder of Bodylife UK in 1994, which became one of the UK fitness industry’s leading publishing, training and conferencing organisations.
  • Facilitator of the European Club Leaders Congress.
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