Aquatic Interventions Promote Functional Gains for Older Adults
Section: Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy
Co-Section: Academy of Geriatric PT
Session Code: AQ-2B-6652
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Capitol

Speaker(s):   Marty Biondi, PT, DPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

All too often aquatic therapy has been relegated to a secondary role when considering functional training for a wide spectrum of older adult concerns. Due in part to the fact that 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 or improvement of functional skills. This session will define specific, simple, functional activities that are within the repertoire of the modern-day older adult. Using objective measures to quantify improvement, the speaker will demonstrate progressions for each skill set. Last, there will be a discussion of current literature addressing the use of aquatic interventions to upgrade land function.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Identify key components of physical decline that negatively impact function in community-dwelling older adults.

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.

CEU: 0.2

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