Alzheimer’s Disease Fitness Specialist Online Course


This product is an online, self-study course.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Fitness Specialist Course blends current science with common sense to present cutting-edge ideas to optimize the impact that fitness can have in the lives of those you serve who are concerned about or diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

With numerous lifestyle factors mediating this disease rather than genetics, you can bring a message of hope to enhance quality of life. All physical activity is good for the brain, but the inclusion of specific elements such as coordination, reactivity, partner interaction, attention and memory challenges integrated with physical activity make it even more beneficial.

There is much uncertainty about the future for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. But this much is certain: You can make today better for patients, caregivers, or those seeking to optimize the experience and enjoyment of physical activity.

Often overlooked is the emotional health of both patients and caregivers as well as the role that social isolation plays in decreasing cognitive stimulation and accelerating the progression or the onset of disease. This course will equip you to address the subjective enjoyment that comes from presenting physical activity in accessible, enjoyable, and interactive ways to connect people.

Explore the current understanding of the most likely causes of Alzheimer’s and hear stories from patients and caregivers to illustrate the experience of living with Alzheimer’s for students.

With a population skewing older, those equipped to deliver fitness in specific ways that address the brain health concerns of that population can transform the day-to-day lives of people while ensuring a bright professional future as well.

Course Length: 20 hours

Course Author: Jonathan Ross

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Student Testimonials

“This course is the best course I have gone through in years. Jonathan possesses a wise balance of knowledge about the disease & practical steps to serve these clients with exercise that reach them emotionally and physically! My favorite part of the course is the heart behind the complexity of this illness. Looking at the impact of how people feel and process these life issues. Made me look at clients with new eyes.”

“Having people with personal experience speaking about their perspective of the disease is incredibly powerful. You have a great blend of the author with the facts and those with the personal experience. Wow. I have a background in nursing as well as fitness, nutrition, and behavioral health. (I am a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst). I am also a Doctor of Behavioral Health candidate. Why am I telling you this? Because while I know lots of things, your course is super important and is probably THE most motivating work I have seen. I study too much and don’t move enough. Your course is making me very uncomfortable with that. Thank you.​”

Course Overview

Module 1: Alzheimer’s Disease By The Numbers

  • Introduction: Course Overview
  • Lesson 1: Alzheimer’s Disease By the Numbers
  • Lesson 2: Can Exercise Treat, Slow, and/or Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

Module 2: Alzheimer’s and Dementia

  • Lesson 3: Differentiating the Dementias
  • Lesson 4: Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Lesson 5: Brain Regions Involved in Alzheimer’s Disease

Module 3: Mechanism of Disease, Treatment, Causes, and Contributing Factors

  • Lesson 6: Mechanism of Disease and Causes
  • Lesson 7: Contributing Factors – Genes and Environment
  • Lesson 8: Treatments – That Mostly Do Not Work
  • Lesson 9: Treatments – The Best We Can Do

Module 4: Behavioral Risk Factors We Can Modify

  • Lesson 10: Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Lesson 11: Stress and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Lesson 12: Social Isolation and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Lesson 13: Nutrition and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Lesson 14.1: Part 1 – Exercise and What Complete Fitness Looks Like
  • Lesson 14.2: Part 2 – Avoiding Inactivity
  • Lesson 14.3: Part 3 – Specific Elements to Include in Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Lesson 14.4: Part 4 – Secondary Fitness Topics

Module 5: Living With Alzheimer’s – Lost Connections

  • Lesson 15: Patients
  • Lesson 16: Caregivers
  • Lesson 17: Emotional Fatigue and Remedies – Play, Music, Fun, and Fitness

Module 6: Exercise Examples

  • Lesson 18: Introduction to the Exercise Library
  • Lesson 19: Walking
  • Lesson 20: Aerobic Training
  • Lesson 21: Auditory Reactivity
  • Lesson 22: Visual Reactivity
  • Lesson 23: Memory, Attention, and Problem Solving
  • Lesson 24: Partner Interactivity
  • Lesson 25: Friendly Competition

Module 7: Business Module

  • Lesson 26: The Business Side
  • Lesson 27: Concluding Remarks

Competency Assessment

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Fitness Specialist – What To Do Next
  • Appendix A: Walking Exercises
  • Appendix B: Aerobic Training
  • Appendix C: Auditory Reactivity Exercises
  • Appendix D: Visual Reactivity Exercises
  • Appendix E: Memory, Attention, and Problem Solving Exercises
  • Appendix F: Partner Interactivity Exercises
  • Appendix G: Friendly Competition Exercises

Course Delivery and Assessment

This is an online course; all materials are delivered virtually. This course is delivered through video narrated slide presentations, and interviews. Comprehension of the material will be measured via a mandatory, multiple-choice item, competency assessment requiring a minimum of 80% correct responses in order to successfully pass.

System Note: We recommend students access courses using Firefox as their browser. The Google Chrome browser can automatically play all videos in a lesson at the same time, which may be an extremely annoying feature for some, and for which, at the present, there is no easy fix in the Google Chrome settings.

Prerequisites and Certificate Information

All of the online courses here on MedFit Classroom which lead to a Certificate of Specialization are considered advanced level education, and are meant to be taken by fitness professionals who have previously acquired education and experience as a professional within the health and fitness industry. In order for one to receive the Certificate of Specialization conferred upon those who purchase this Fitness Specialist Course, one must review all the content, successfully pass the comprehensive assessment, and show proof of the following:

  1. Evidence of a current certification, or vocational credential, from a reputable certifying or credentialing organization, and within the health and fitness industry; OR, evidence of an associate’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university in the field of exercise science, kinesiology, physical education, fitness, or a related field; AND
  2. Evidence of professional liability insurance

Maintaining this Specialization and Continuing Education Credits

The completion of this specialization course, and the passing of its corresponding competency assessment, lead to a Certificate of Specialization. This Certificate of Specialization will be considered valid for a period of two years. To keep the certificate current, you must complete 10 hours of continuing education, on relevant subject matter, and formally renew the certificate prior to the date of its expiration. As with many certifications and specializations in our field, professionals should anticipate some costs to continuing education and renewal of the certificate.

Continuing Education Credits

This course is approved for:

  • 15 CEUs from AFAA
  • 4 CECs from canfitpro
  • 20 CEUs from ISSA
  • 1.9 CEUs from NASM
  • 1.7 CEUs from NSCA
  • Pending ACE approval

If your certifying body is not listed, you will be provided with a Certificate of Specialization upon completing the course that can be used to petition your certifying body for credit. The MedFit Classroom team is happy to assist you with petitioning your own certifying organization.

About the Course Author

His “800 Pounds of Parents” directly inspired Jonathan’s prolific fitness career.  He is a multiple Personal Trainer of the Year Award-Winner (ACE, IDEA, and PFP Magazine), creator of Funtensity, brain fitness visionary, blogger and master trainer for the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

As a speaker he captivates while inspiring change with an approachable, accessible personality and common sense insights to commonly confusing fitness topics. His book, Abs Revealed, delivers a modern, intelligent approach to abdominal training. He creates serious fitness without taking it too seriously to ensure it is an effective, enjoyable, engaging experience. His methods create unshakeable brains, “unfakeable” smiles, and unforgettable fitness.  A former astronomer, Jonathan used to study stellar bodies – now he builds them!