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Designing Successful Aquatics Programs for Seniors Topic of HydroWorx Webinar

Middletown, PA (PRWEB) February 20, 2015

Turning 65, 75 or even 85 is different for individuals today than it was only one or two generations ago. After all, it’s no longer uncommon to find seniors in the gym, on the track or on the court. In fact, aging in America can now be referred to as “active aging” thanks to the desire for individuals to stay healthy as long as possible. Of course, the normal process of getting older can make it increasingly difficult to engage in a variety of athletic pursuits, especially those that jar the joints, or put stressors on the upper or lower extremities. Yet for most people who crave the opportunity to freely move their bodies, giving up the pleasure of working out is not an option; instead, they seek out alternative methods such as aquatic programs where they can get all the benefits of regular exercise without the risk of injuries, increased pain or falling.

A webinar-based discussion of this topic, “Road Map to Creating a Successful Aquatics Program for Seniors”, will be offered by HydroWorx, the leading provider of therapy pools, on Tuesday, February 24, from 1-2 p.m. E.S.T. Presented by Rachel McDermott, PTA, former Director of Rehabilitation, and Paul Osterberger, Wellness Director, of Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa, the one-hour event will cover a variety of topics including:

The successes of Stonehill Care Center’s aquatic therapy program for their senior living wellness and therapy center residents and clients.
Strategies for starting and continuing an aquatic-focused therapy and wellness program, including marketing tips and techniques to increase community engagement.
Methods to improve the return on investment of an aquatic therapy pool.

Both speakers have extensive backgrounds making them well-suited to explore this discussion with attendees. McDermott has been a director at multiple clinics, where she has continuously been able to utilize her training in nursing rehabilitation and aquatic therapy. She has been the Director of Rehabilitation at Stonehill Care Center for the last 5 years. She recently made the transition to Unity Point Hospital and is now the Director of their Acute Rehab Unit. Osterberger develops all-inclusive programming for fitness classes and workshops to enrich the lives of the members at Stonehill Care Center. Her professional degrees and experiences are in recreation management, health and wellness and mass communications.

Attendance for “Road Map to Creating a Successful Aquatics Program for Seniors” is free, but registration is required prior to the start time. Registration can be made at

About HydroWorx®

Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy pools with built-in underwater treadmills to enable clinicians to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress and remain motivated through the rehab process.

Products such as the HydroWorx 2000 and 500 Series therapy pools have revolutionized the face of aquatic therapy; in fact, HydroWorx technology is used by world-class facilities like the renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Andrews Institute, as well as physical therapy clinics across the country.

HydroWorx offers a wide range of underwater treadmill pools and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

More information about HydroWorx can be found at