Aquatic Therapy for the Aging Adult

Streaming live from the HydroWorx pool!

 

September 24, 2014 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT

 

Presented By:  Kim Eichinger, Executive Director of Fitness for Country Meadows Retirement Communities

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Join Kim Eichinger, Executive Director of Fitness for Country Meadows Retirement Community, for this live webcast as she explains how aquatic therapy and exercise can greatly benefit aging adults. Kim will demonstrate a variety of aquatic exercises and fun activities that will turn your after-therapy hours into an opportunity to serve older adults in your local community.


This live demonstration will feature exercises for range of motion, aerobic conditioning and fun activities for balance and agility. We will incorporate treadmill and jet features of the therapy pool and explore task related exercises performed with a variety of tools. The activities featured are appropriate for active older adults who are seeking fun and functional forms of exercise to support their independent lifestyle.

 

Attendees will also learn:

 

  • Exercises to develop skills and improve coordination, balance and agility
  • Strategies to make sessions fun and keep participants engaged
  • The impact that advanced aquatic technology has on improving aging adults’ physical conditioning and performance

 

This 1 hour webcast will be broadcast live from the HydroWorx 2000 Series pool at Leg Up Farm in Mt. Wolf, PA. Want to attend the webcast in person? Live attendees will have the opportunity to see the HydroWorx 2000 Series pool at Leg Up Farm.   

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In this webinar participants will receive an introduction to the principles of aquatic therapy, with specific applications for pediatric client populations.  There will be additional focus on physical therapy care planning for children including land to water transitions, treatment considerations, and documentation.

 

Participants will be able take the following away from this presentation:

 

  • The properties of water that are beneficial for pediatric therapy
  • What pediatric populations can benefit from aquatic therapy
  • What treatment considerations and precautions/contraindications exist for this population
  • How and when to transition between water and land therapy
  • How to effectively document aquatic therapy
  • What equipment can be used to enhance therapy sessions
  • How to make sessions fun for kids

 

All of this information will be supported by case studies from Cindy’s aquatic therapy program at Children’s Hospital of St. Paul.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

 

Kim Eichinger, a certified fitness professional with 30 years experience designing and leading exercise programs with the past 15 years committed to promoting senior fitness and wellness, Ms. Eichinger has received a national “Best of the Best” award from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) which recognized her best practices in exercise programming for older adults.  Likewise, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) bestowed her with its Innovator Award for inspiring creativity and helping to shape the future of health and wellness for seniors.

 

In addition to directing the fitness programs and providing leadership to the team of fitness coordinators at Country Meadows Retirement Communities, Ms. Eichinger has also served as a fitness consultant for the Pennsylvania Office of Aging by providing community senior centers with exercise classes, directed the senior wellness program for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, and trained activity staff from more than 60 assisted living communities in exercise instruction. As former owner of Slim with Kim fitness studio she directed exercise classes with a special appeal to the baby boomer population. Other work includes presenting at national and local fitness conferences and contributing to instructional manuals and videos specializing in senior fitness. 

 

Ms. Eichinger’s professional certifications include: American Council on Exercise, American Senior Fitness Association, Cooper Institute for Aerobics, Silver Sneakers, Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor and Trainer for the Arthritis Foundation Exercise and Aquatics programs.

 

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