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ICAA Conference, Leadership Summit and Expo 2019
October 10-12, 2019
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

Preconference intensive workshop

Thursday, October 10
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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

Delve into evidenced-based updates about the effects of exercise on the symptomatic management of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Research shows exercise may enhance neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new nerve connections) and may positively impact PD symptom progression. Following an interactive format of symptom-specific exercises, you will be able to integrate evidenced-based components of exercise protocols for people with PD into a group fitness program. Appropriate assessment tools and outcome measures for the evaluation of people living with PD will be reviewed. Also, learn methods for class structure, intake protocols, risk stratification and class organization.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe basic etiology and clinical presentation for PD.
  • Explain 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 impairments and stage of disease.
  • Discuss the importance of motivation, enthusiasm, optimism and methods of teaching.

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

Walk strong and tall: How stability for mobility™ walking poles and pole exercises can optimize your walking programs

Using traditional assistive walking devices may help individuals maintain their mobility, but overall balance may actually decline over time. The constant use of a cane and/or walker can contribute to more of a balance challenge especially if the device is used to “lean on” rather than stabilize with good posture. Discover a diverse array of pole walking techniques to keep walking programs safe, effective and above all fun and interesting for all ages. Explore pole walking research and learn how this accessory can improve posture, overall strength, endurance, balance and confidence by implementing basic transitional steps. Find out how walking poles can improve gait and avoid the postural challenges experienced when using assistive walking devices. And adapt your walking program to encourage the use of the entire core and upper torso to improve the physical and psychological aspects of ordinary walking.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recall the physical and psychological benefits of walking poles.
  • Explain the difference and how to assess the need for stability before assuming safe mobility.
  • Adapt basic dance steps (pole dancing), pilates and yoga moves for pole use.
  • Adopt pole exercises to improve and maintain balance for all levels of function.
  • Develop innovative, fun walking programs to enhance your schedule.

Faculty: Peggy Buchanan, MA, Wellness Program Innovator and Founder, ProActive Aging: Innovative WELLth Management; and Tom Rutlin, BA, Founder and CEO, Exerstrider Products, Inc.

Splash! Surf & turf functional play-out workshop

Discover the fun in surf and turf activities for functional activities of daily living (ADL). In this session, we’ll review how to apply the new American physical activity guidelines to both your land and water programs and practice together motivational cues that ignite a playful experience with healthy outcomes.

You’ll be able to:

  • Review the new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and identify how to apply them to your land- and water-based programs.
  • Apply the new guidelines to ADL skills that are both effective and fun.
  • Apply the new guidelines to a fun, functional and playful land circuit “playground.”
  • Practice specific cues that encourage and motivate participants to enjoy movement.

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; Director, WaterFit®/Golden Waves®; and Managing Editor, Journal on Active Aging®.

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