3202 – Functional Improvements for Older Adults

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Chicago, IL / Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 8:00 am-4:30 pm – 6.0 credit hours

Classroom: 8:00-11:00 am

Luncheon: 11:30 am-1:15 pm

Indoor Pool: 1:30-3:00 pm

Classroom: 3:00-4:30 pm


Faculty: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS


COURSE DESCRIPTION: All too often aquatic therapy and exercise has been relegated to a secondary role when considering functional training for older adults. Due in part to the fact the there is a scarcity 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 or improvement of functional skills. This class will first define specific, simple functional activities that are within the repertoire for the modern-day older adult. Using objective testing to quantify improvement, this class 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.



1)  Examine the use of aquatic interventions to provide positive change in functional activities for older adults.

2)  Demonstrate accurate aquatic progressions for positive functional changes for the older adult.

3)  Demonstrate accuracy in objectively evaluating functional activities for the older adult population once an intervention has been provided.

4)  Gain a working knowledge of those older adults for whom aquatic intervention is contraindicated as well as those conditions for which aquatic activity is restricted.

5)  Explore research that demonstrates improvement in basic functional activities for the community-dwelling older adult population.


FACULTY: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS, provides physical therapy at several clinics in the Chicago area, including Therapeutic & Wellness Specialists, Lake Forest Place, and Sennogroup Rehabilitation and Wellness. She is responsible for all aspects of patient care with a varied patient load that includes orthopedic and complex neurological as the primary diagnoses. She has been involved in various aspects of aquatics for over 30 years including pool administration, design and program implementation, risk management, and as a physical therapist using water to treat various diagnoses.