1619 – Exercise Design for Improving ADLs

Beginner / 1.5-hour Land Workshop


Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC



If we want our baby boomers to grow as independent elders, we must integrate ADLs in our regular training programs with the intent of improving their ADLs on a permanent level. Based on research that will be discussed in class, using the Hife program (high intensity weight bearing exercise program) and the Berg scale as models, specific exercise design including activities of daily living to improve balance, mobility and strength training of the lower limbs will be presented. Adaptations for individual issues will be addressed. 



1)  Explore the importance of integrating ADLs in a regular training program and its effect on the results obtained among this population.

2)  Observe the difference between structured exercise and physical activity and how they are presented in this workshop.

3)   Experience how to develop balance, mobility and strength training of the lower limb as a class design for ADL improvements.

4)  Utilize the cueing and progression levels presented in this workshop to progress your own clients towards increased function and mobility.

5)  Apply modifications for orthopedic issues present in this population.

6)  Examine precautions and contra-indications related to this exercise program.


FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (www.waterpt.com), she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.


Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program. She is the recipient of the 2010 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award and the 2012 ATRI Professional Award.