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My favorite work is even with the late to end-stage dementia residents (that are often-times non-responsive, and even behavioral patients). When Dr. Becker and I finish with our current case review (hopefully by early next year if not sooner), I plan to release an accompanying video like I did with my first one that shows the physical, emotional, and cognitive changes with this approach. This new case review covers responses to even extreme agitative bursts that would scare off most land-based attempts, and most certainly aquatic efforts in today’s health care model. The positive response in this patient is literally jaw dropping, and I find it frequently when handling this patient population properly in the water.
What I can state with certainty… exercise…that is the key, and also the problem!
With non-responsive patients, land exercise offers very little potential, and I wish there were exercises in the water that could be a goto- but not so much with patients that are minimally able to respond to verbal or even tactile cueing. So sadly, Ai Chi, yoga, or any other form of our thoughts about traditional exercise are not even a possibility because they require the ability to at least mimmic a movement or respond to some kind of cueing.
I would say my ability to get responses that we see in this patient population (physically, cognitively, and emotionally) comes in using the method of Halliwick Aquatic Therapy (more so Water Specific Therapy, which is based off of the Halliwick Method). There is no such thing as a “Halliwick exercise”. But by using the concept within the context of metacentric effects on human responsiveness in the water, we can start to associate righting reactions to patterns of movement. Once that is achieved, we then try to associate patterns of movement with functional activity. I wish there were an easier way to explain this, but it is seen better through the filter of the method in use.
Articles and Printed Interviews:
Gaining momentum and recognition, Teresa Sawyer’s group dementia program for the long-term care residents at Woodland Terrace was featured in the December issue of North Carolina Health News.
Teresa Sawyer’s group dementia program for the long-term care residents at Woodland Terrace continues to be recognized by local media. The Cary Citizen writes about their program in their December issue.
The National Recreation and Park Association is experiencing a growing aquatic influence. The medical field is being invigorated by new discoveries into physical and cognitive benefits with aquatic therapy for seniors, including Alzheimer’s disease.
I was asked to write an article to help communicate the history of aquatic therapy and its potential resurgence across America. I could think of no one better to cowrite this article with me than Teresa Sawyer, as she has effectively taken this movement to the next level at Woodland Terrace in Cary, North Carolina. We hope this article helps to stimulate dialogue between seniors, community organizations, and the medical field.
During a presentation at Woodland Terrace (a Kisco Continuing Care Retirement Community in Cary North Carolina) many researchers, members of the medical community and media were present. Outreach North Carolina (a company dedicated to bring educational, informational and entertaining articles to readers age 50+ throughout south central North Carolina) felt compelled to write an article about our work with aquatics and dementia.
Within months of presenting at Woodland Terrace, Director Teresa Sawyer has implemented a very well structured aquatic program for their Long Term Care residents (with an emphasis on residents with Parkinson’s and dementia).
When Aquatic Therapy University issued Stacy the first credential Geriatric Aquaticist in the world by Aquatic Therapy University, it made the attention of The Aquatic Therapist- a blog of the Aquatic Resources Network.
YouTube Video Releases:
Woodland Terrace has created a powerful aquatic program for their Long Term Care residents, focusing on those with dementia. The facility wellness center director, Teresa Sawyer has proven herself to be a great patient advocate spearheading this program.
This is a YouTube video with footage of the patient’s response (with family) from the case review ever published on Aquatic Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease. This video also includes a narrative from the medical staff involved.
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Stacy was an integral part to the first case review ever published on Aquatic Therapy & Alzheimer’s Disease was on our patient in Sun City, Arizona.
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Stacy was a keynote speaker at the International Aqua Congress in 2016:
Aquatic Therapy and Early and Late Stage Dementia
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Stacy presented at the Arizona APTA Fall Conference:
Physical /Aquatic Activity and Alzheimer’s Disease
October 15, 2016
A.T. Stills University
Stacy is giving international presentations on Aquatic Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia.
“Not only has Stacy been a constant source of validating research as to why we are getting the results we are with our Long Term Care residents, but he has been able to show us some hands-on techniques in the pool that have given us the ability to do things with residents that we did not know were possible.”
~Carol Faye Blackman LPN, Life Enrichment Supervisor