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2206 – Aging Issues and Solutions

Intermediate / Pool Workshop

Washington, DC / Thursday, February 13, 2020 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Classroom: 8:00-11:00 am

Indoor Pool: 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Lunch on own: 1:00-2:00 pm

Classroom: 2:00-5:00 pm

Chicago, IL / Friday, April 24, 2020 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Classroom: 8:00-11:00 am

Indoor Pool: 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Lunch on own: 1:00-2:00 pm

Classroom: 2:00-5:00 pm

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC and Sandy Stoub, MA


This course is strong on interventions and exercises for older adults. The pool activities are mostly evidence-based. Determine the best way to meet the issues and needs of an aging population. The exercises offered are all geared toward aging issues. We will try a mix of different techniques but focus on vertical techniques since many older adults don’t like to get their hair or ears wet. We will review why each exercise is good for older people and you’ll be able to decide which to use with each of your clients. An example of exercise goals: relaxation, decreased pain, improved balance, weight shifting skills, turning skills, core strength, hip mobility, ankle mobility, spine health, etc.

We will experience each technique (some land, some water) and pinpoint the application for aging issues. An example of techniques we’ll apply to the older adults: Unpredictable Command Technique, Loaded Movement Training (with multi-planar and push-pull work), Slow Motion Walking, Ai Chi (with Ai Chi Ne and Fitness Ai Chi), and Feldenkrais®. We’ll also offer modified bending skills, the ‘clock’ for balance, deceleration, open chain trunk stabilization, some throwing games, and flexibility activities.

This is not a course about aging issues – it is a course about solutions to aging issues.


1)  Examine the brain fitness involved in functional activity.

2)  Experience exercises applicable to aging adults taken from a variety of aquatic therapy techniques.

3)  Determine the options for core training for seniors.

4)  Experiment with games geared toward life skills.

5)  Consider integumentary, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous system changes with age.

6)  Experiment with musculoskeletal, sensory, balance, equilibrium and gait issue exercises.

7)  Discuss age-wave predictions, trends and myths.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/president of ATRI, is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant. She is the founder of six different businesses including the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, the Aquatic Exercise Association, Living Right Magazine, America’s Certification Trainers, Armchair Aerobics Inc., and the Fitness Firm. A leader in the health and wellness industry, she also draws on her vast experience as an entrepreneur to teach others what it takes to assume the risk of business and enterprise. Ruth is the author of numerous articles and 15 books on her specialties of wellness and business. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sevier-McCahill Disability International Foundation Award; and the John Williams, Jr. International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Known for her high energy and practical teaching approaches, Ruth has brought thousands of people over the years to understand the benefits of water exercise.

With degrees in Exercise Science and Gerontology, Sandy Stoub, MA, blends education with over 30 years of experience in her role as Director of Wellness Services for Symbria Rehab. She is an adjunct professor, author, international conference speaker, and has a diverse background in development and implementation of programming for persons of all ages, with particular emphasis in aging.