Here are the issues. I have trained several seniors with all different ailments, surgeries, etc. However, this woman is in good overall health, previous dancer, no weight concerns but has become extremely dependent on her walker.
She apparently has fallen 4 times in the past, and suffered a broken hip, had a hip replacement, and has developed a great fear of being independent, however, would like to not depend on her walker and wants to work of course on balance, stability, coordination, strengthening, but how do I help her with exercises in her walker to slowly doing exercises without? She also suffers from Vertigo.
She begins training with me next week. I’ve got her for one hour a week and just need ideas, please! Advice, anything!
Dawn, I see you are in GA? It is very likely that there is someone certified to work in a pool setting with her otherwise you could get certified in the future. Working in the water is fantastic! Check out the AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association). Or the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute. 🙂 For my job all they required was that I was certified in Personal Training, however, I have also gone to the AEA pool conference last year and learned about aquatic therapy- though I was the only personal trainer there that I know of (every one else were therapists) I did learn a lot about working in the water. Plus I do it everyday. 🙂