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Conference & Trade show

ICAA Conference and Trade Show: Ignite your wellness culture
Long Beach Hyatt and Long Beach Convention Center,
Long Beach, California,
October 18-20, 2018

Preconference day

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Registration 7:00AM—6:00PM

Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. Times vary for each preconference workshop

Each preconference workshop costs only $89 per person. Register early!

Splash! Training for life’s “chutes and ladders” with a “Surf to Turf” approach to activity

Mary Sanders, Cathy Maloney-Hills & Yoko Holcombe

Add to your agenda: October 11, 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Your participants may face mobility challenges such as joint replacements, unexpected illnesses, hospitalizations or injuries that sideline them from activities of daily living (ADL) and their favorite sports. This workshop will address specific periods along the continuum of health when a “surf to turf” program can help participants regain mobility as they encounter events such as pre-op training, post-rehab and/or fitness conditioning. Discover how participants can actively respond to the “chutes” in life, with conditioning programs that move them up the mobility “ladder” for better ADL and/or favorite sports like bocce ball.

You’ll be able to:

  • Examine exercise responses to events such as pre-/post-surgery, including challenges and options for lower body and spine conditions.
  • Explore the role of therapy versus fitness training for participants preparing for surgery and afterward.
  • Identify progressions designed to return participants to ADL and selected sports play.
  • Practice “Surf & Turf”:
    • aquatic and land-based exercise options and modifications for pre-surgical training, post-rehab and reconditioning for ADL and a return to activity and sports play;
    • effective and motivational cueing skills and leadership tips that guide participants to successful exercise performance;
    • complete shallow-water workout targeting muscular power for life and sports.

Faculty: Mary E. Sanders, PhD, CDE, ACSM-RCEP, FACSM, Adjunct Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health; Cathy Maloney-Hills, PT, DPT, Aquatic Lead Therapist, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute/Allina Health; and Yoko Holcombe, BA, Faculty Trainer, WaterFit/MIZUNO International.

CEUs awarded

(Note: This session takes place at Solivita by AV Homes. Participants should come ready to get in the pool, and bring water shoes and two bathing suits for the day. Transportation and lunch will be provided by HydroWorx and Solivita.)

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Group exercise for people with Parkinson's using the Delay the Disease program

Jackie Russell & David Zid
Add to your agenda: October 11, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Delve into evidenced-based updates about the effects of exercise on the symptomatic management of Parkinson's disease (PD). Research shows that exercise may enhance the process of neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new nerve connections) and may positively impact progression of PD symptoms. In this workshop, you'll review the etiology (cause) and clinical presentation of PD. Following interactive symptom-specific exercises, you'll be able to integrate evidenced-based components of exercise protocols for people with PD into a group fitness program. This session will also include a review of appropriate assessment tools and outcome measures to evaluate people living with PD. Learn methods for class structure, intake protocols, risk stratification and class organization as well.

You'll be able to:

  • Understand basic etiology and clinical presentation for PD.
  • Describe how exercise may enhance the process of neuroplasticity and impact symptoms.
  • Give examples of evidence-based interventions and safe exercise prescription for adults with PD based on their impairments and stage of disease.
  • Discuss the importance of motivation, enthusiasm, optimism and methods of teaching.
  • Integrate knowledge and teaching techniques to create and lead a community-based group exercise program for people with PD based on the Delay the Disease fitness agenda.

Faculty: Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR, Cofounder and Program Development Coordinator, and David Zid, BA, ACE, APG, Cofounder and Director Movement Disorders/MSK Wellness, OhioHealth Delay the Disease™.

CEUs awarded

Cost: $89 per person. Register now

Brain health: The ROI of cognitive wellness in active aging

Cynthia Green, Stacey Judge, Theresa Perry, Carol Cummings, Peggy Bargmann, Andrew Tubman, Lauren Dowden
Add to your agenda: October 11, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Current concepts in cognitive health
Review of the current brain-health science and popular methodologies of brain-training delivery in active aging, including neurotechnical approaches, cognitive stimulation and group-based training modalities.

Faculty: Cynthia Green, PhD, CEO, Total Brain Health.

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Brain health and your wellness initiative: Perfect together?
A review of the value of brain-health programming to the promotion and delivery of wellness initiatives in active-aging settings.

Faculty: Cynthia Green, PhD, CEO, Total Brain Health.

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. The corporate perspective: Cognitive programs for wellness initiatives
Brain health ties to many aspects of wellness, and offers an opportunity to highlight the additional cognitive value of many existing wellness programs and services. Corporate directors of wellness across varying size companies will present their perspectives on the ROI that cognitive programs have brought to their company's wellness initiatives. Topics covered will include such things as engagement, implementation, integration and outcomes.

Faculty: Stacey Judge, BS, CG, Director of Wellness, Springpoint; Theresa Perry, MBA, BS, Corporate Director of Wellness Services, Acts Retirement-Life Communities; and Carol Cummings, BSN, RN, Senior Director, Optimum Life Engagement and Innovation, Brookdale Senior Living.

1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Roundtable working session: Where's your brain health?
Discovering opportunities for brain health in your wellness initiatives Small breakout groups will discuss and do working exercises with the presenters to help attendees apply learned concepts regarding the value of brain-health programming to their existing or future wellness initiatives.

Faculty: All presenters.

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Panel: Brain wellness across the cognitive continuum: Cognitive programs for memory care
Brain-wellness initiatives should include opportunities for residents/clients with cognitive challenge to engage in interventions demonstrated by the evidence to promote better quality of life and wellness in those populations. This panel will present different methodologies for offering cognitive engagement in memory care settings.

Faculty:Peggy Bargmann, RN, BSN, Director, Brain Fitness Clubs; Andrew Tubman, BS, MT-BC, Chief Clinical Officer, SingFit; Lauren Dowden, BA, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University;and Cynthia Green, PhD, CEO, Total Brain Health (Moderator).

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Questions & answers

Faculty: Cynthia Green, PhD, CEO, Total Brain Health (moderator); all presenters.

CEUs awarded

Cost: $89 per person. Register now

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