Dianne McCaughey & Debi Pillarella

Debi Pillarella _ Dianne McCaughey

About Dianne McCaughey

Dianne McCaughey Ph.D. with a concentration in Gerontology is an international speaker, author, consultant, master trainer and presenter who has traveled the world touching lives and emphasizing optimal wellness of the mind, body and spirit. As a gerontologist, her expertise is successful aging in all domains. The two books she has authored are designed to coach individuals on mental and emotional wellness, as well as physical health to help them age with grace and vigor. Her mission and purpose is to educate, inspire and empower people to be the best they can be.

About Debi Pillarella

Debi Pillarella, M.Ed. - Debi has over 30 years of experience in the health, fitness, and wellness industries. She is currently completing a doctorate degree in Health Sciences at The University of Indianapolis, studying, motivation and quality of life in the older adult population. Debi holds multiple certifications from The American Council on Exercise, as well as through the Functional Aging Institute. Debi is an adjunct faculty member at Purdue University Northwest and an advisory board member, curriculum specialist, and master trainer for the Functional Aging Institute (FAI). She co-developed the Functional Aging Group Exercise Specialist certification program for FAI.

The Iceberg Model of Training Clients… It’s Time to Train Below The Waterline

If you focus training mainly on what’s seen, you may only be addressing the tip of the iceberg. This session will give you tools to train beneath the obvious, below the waterline, digging into client motivation, feelings, and more.


1. understand the multi-dimensional concept of motivation with older adults and its relationship to their quality of life, as well as its effect on participation in exercise and physical activity programs.

2. learn how to integrate evidence-based assessment tools to measure older adult clients’ motivation and quality of life.

3. learn basic skills of motivational interviewing and how to integrate this technique into training older adults.


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