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1213 – Optimal Techniques for Aging

Beginner / Half-Day Course
Live via Zoom / Saturday, August 22, 2020 – 1:00-5:00 pm – 4.0 credit hours
(Lecture with potential Pool Demo or Video)

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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’ll 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, SMW, Ai Chi (and Ai Chi Ne and Fitness Ai Chi), and Feldenkrais®. We’ll also offer modified bending skills, the ‘clock’ for balance, 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.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, president of the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, served on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, received the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award, the IDEA Outstanding Business Award, the first Presidential Sports Award in aquatic exercise, and AEA’s Contribution to the Industry Award. She has authored eighteen books and over 50 DVDs and CDs. She is known for her work in aquatic fitness, aquatic therapy, BackHab, Ai Chi and creating connections with other aquatic, health and therapy organizations.