Creative Aquatic Programming to Improve Balance & Mobility

May 30, 2013 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST


Presented By:  Kim Eichinger, Executive Director of Fitness for Country Meadows Retirement Communities and Teresa Rudy, Fitness Director for Country Meadows of Leader Heights




When a workout becomes routine, participation lags and exercisers don’t make progress. You can add excitement and challenge to classes by adding a surprising array of resistance devices to your current supply of noodles and foam weights.


Mix current and new tools with movement variations, and participants will have fun while developing skills in coordination, balance and agility. Improved coordination and balance keep clients mobile, on land as well as on water. These techniques are suitable for a range of functional abilities, and will inspire you to think of even more ways to adding variety and fun to your aquatics program. 



Learn how to:



  • Perform familiar exercises with a variety of low-tech and high-tech tools


  • Use intervals to effectively share a single piece of equipment among multiple exercisers


  • Add more excitement to personal training, small group sessions or larger group interactive (and highly social) classes



“WOW....loved [Bridging the Gap]. Kim is very knowledgeable. Outstanding work by ICAA to bring this information to the field. Kim you are engaging and have a great speaking voice! You are clearly experienced in this area...thank you so much for taking the time to deliver this information to us!!!!!”

- L.B. (previously attended: "Bridging the Gap from Land to Water", March 29,2012 presented by Kim Eichinger )


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.


Teresa Rudy is the Aquatics and Fitness Director for Country Meadows of Leader Heights located in York, Pennsylvania.  Teresa coordinates a schedule of exercise classes tailored to meet the diverse needs of the retirement community residents who may vary from Independent Living to Memory Support.  She works closely with therapy providers to identify residents at risk and to ensure post rehab exercise compliance.

As a licensed pool operator, Teresa manages the retirement community warm water pool which serves a public membership of over 150 older adults in addition to the residents of Country Meadows.  Teresa and her team of instructors offer an average of 8 classes daily at the aquatics center in addition to a weekly schedule of land classes. 

Teresa has been recognized by the Arthritis Foundation for her contributions to the community.  She has conducted the Arthritis Foundation “Self Help” program, Hosted fundraisers and is a Trainer for both the Arthritis Aquatics and Exercise programs. 

Teresa has been working in the fitness industry for over 20 years and has been focused on older adults for the past 10 years.  Certifications include the Aquatics Exercise Association, Silver Sneakers, the Arthritis Foundation, YMCA and the ISSA.

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