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Using Aquatic Interventions for Functional Improvements in the Older Adult Client

All too often aquatic therapy and exercise has been relegated to a secondary role when considering functional training for a wide spectrum of older adults. Due in part, to the fact the there is a paucity of literature addressing this topic as well as the mere fact that humans live on land, water therapies have been considered to have limited benefit in addressing either maintenance of or improvement of functional skills. This webinar will define specific, simple functional activities that are within the repertoire of the modern-day older adult. Using objective measures to quantify improvement, this webinar will demonstrate progressions for each skill set. Lastly, there will be a discussion of current literature addressing the use of aquatic interventions to upgrade land function.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify key components of physical decline in community dwelling older adults that negatively impact function.
  2. Describe appropriate standardized testing to quantify specific areas of physical decline for which physical therapy intervention is most appropriate.
  3. Explain the benefits of aquatic interventions relative to the physical decline that can occur with age.
  4. Identify accurate aquatic progressions that promote positive functional changes in the older adult population
  5. Discuss when it is appropriate to transition from water to land to facilitate efficient physical upgrades that affect daily function.
Note: CEU not applicable in AK, AR, CA, LA, NJ, NM, NV, OH, TX