Improve your results for healthy aerobic endurance and functional capacity, research published in the international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity suggests that healthy older adults should take between 7,000 and 10,000 steps per day. improving physical function should be one of your primary objectives when working with your older clients. Because older adults vary widely in their physical abilities, conducting some initial functional assessments is necessary for you to be able to design the most effective programs for each client. Here are three assessments you can use to determine the types of training that you will want. This field test to assess the functional fitness of adults over 60 covers of the following areas (1) body composition (2) body weight (3) standing height measurement (4) flexibility (5) agilitydynamic balance (6) coordination (7) strength and (8) endurance. Posttest activities are suggested, and a data sheet and exercise consent form are included, as well as a list of suggested resources. , 1990) was developed as an alternative to invasive and noninvasive clinical tests customarily performed on at-risk individuals or tests requiring expensive equipment and technical expertise. physical function of the older adults was assessed by the short physical performance battery (sppb) (balance, gait speed, chair-rise) (13,14), and the fullerton senior fitness test battery (30 s.). during this test, have the client sit with her back touching the back of the chair. Now ask the client to stand from the seated position, counting aloud every rep. Stop the test when the patient can get five reps of sit-to-stands. Status of older adults, a newly designed functional fitness test, described in the preceding article (rikli & jones, 1999), was developed and validated through research at the ruby gerontology center at california state university, fullerton.