Aquatic Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease. Inertia Therapy Services

the first case review ever published on
aquatic therapy and alzheimer’s disease was released
in 2013 was on a patient here at Royal Oaks
continuing care retirement community in Sun City Arizona. The results were so
phenomenal but I’ve been given presentations across the country. Because of
the current surge of interest on the effects of aquatic therapy on cognition and social interaction, we wanted to make
some of the video footage public. If you’re interested in having a
presentation for your medical staff and community to help promote aquatics,
or to help with the designing an aquatic program: for your facility please feel free to
contact inertia their services. This was a patient, Dr relationship- Bill was my
patient He was a brilliant man who was developing dementia he was unhappy and we did our best with medications like to Donepozil and Memantin, and at maximum doses but his dementia continued
to worsen to the point that ultimately he was placed in the dementia Center,
where he continued to deteriorate. He wanted to talk to us, or ask something but he couldn’t get it
out he would get very frustrated it became
so that when we went to visit dad, we would just do the talking and
simply hold his hand. We were very fortunate in that dad
always knew and recognized us he became unable to
say our names but every time he saw us, he would get
the biggest smile on his face But, most of the, time he was unresponsive, and without facial expression. In 2012 it had been 12 years since dad had been in a pool prior to starting aquatic therapy at Royal Oaks I think that day that we thought about
bill Myers going in the water was when nothing else
was working for him anyway and here he was…relegated to a
wheelchair could not bear weight could not feed
himself could not carry on a conversation, not even one word conversations. He had no quality of life. He had been scoring a zero on his MMSE for at least
six months to a year. With a flat effect not able to even
smile not able to interact, he was the end stage of end stage residents that we care for here and so effort was made to put him in physical therapy which failed
miserably because he couldn’t follow
instructions and understand up what he was supposed to do. therefore are we decided to give him a trial aquatic
therapy for the first couple of sessions we
entered the pool with the chairlift from the moment we entered the water his ataxia was drastically provoked his legs instantly fold into a spastic
flexion synergy and was unable to touch his feet to the
floor. I spent 45 minutes using modified Watsu and Halliwick
techniques that allowed him to touch the floor for
the last 10 minutes of the session His second session began the same
way but it only took half the time to get
him to touch the floor as you can tell is ataxia would continue
to kick in causing significant difficulty with any
mobility or propulsion in the water within a few visits I was able to get him to initiate
standing in weight shifting even being able to take steps with
various methods have support but his ataxia continued to cause a huge
obstacle as he became desensitized to the
overstimulation at the water he was soon able to enter and exit the
pool using the ramp and eventually we would enter and exit
the pool using the stairs with as little as Contact Guard Assistance. I
was taken to the aquatic therapy center and there he was in the water he turned around look at me
and gave me big smile and a wave. And right off the bat it dawned
on me that this was really remarkable, when he got into the pool it was as though he
woke up he could speak in sentences and actually follow instructions. The day
that I first saw a bill in the water it was amazing it was miraculous it was
like unbelievable it was that incredible to see somebody
who literally had no ability to self
initiate to to do anything and be able to stand in a
pool in to be able to follow commands and some other things that you asked Bill to do, and how he was joking with you and you were joking with him. It is a little chilly, but not too bad you’re getting spoiled with that ninety
degree temperature high oh my goodness how they feel called cold little chilly worth it though you’ll tell me in a few
minutes if if if if if if now is worried about
your last visit you had a rough day our their you remember budget back
towards the wall that way this one over here much you modulated watchin Union oh my goodness
you need them for like thanks for your daughter where it goes
through a walk into words at war: never been so
lucky at about twelve nurses just eyeballing you I its no wonder you would listen to a
word I was sayin the trouble is it was subjective hand so my immediately tried to on quantified what had just happened with this man and obably setup some 0 backward basic parameters to monitor its
cognitive function and his ability too long follow
instructions and I’m them it was amazing how well he did and there
are both as a baseline leader Aung Aung term although our parameters are limited somewhat by the fact that his
cognitive scores were sold the whole was difficult to find a instrument with major his degree of improvement mom to go under 15 seconds and remember
to come back up gallery via I take a deep breath and go under 1 the timer now this is your timer gonna
tell attempted to get the brain exercise you
gotta go wondered how 15 banner for 15 seconds counterfeiting
and come up home I’m goodness how many seconds was
that bill hear him tell how come it was exactly
what I wanted I wanted fifteen-second you went under came second and came up but you don’t
know how many seconds accounted for them tell you to come up you get off to
our while what circle Hao I yeah oh my goodness our it I’m on my have really I haven’t been in the
water for a long time there Harper here how is this compared to when he’s on
land with you as well areas you can tell a
significant difference it’s more it’s more the conversation as
opposed to okay there was carryovers well I’ll after his quite fair I’m he would be fairly loose for least about two hours we’re actually choke with the caregivers the
conversation was the most impressive and it was always fad grand gateway Italy weekend because why be very
conversant smiling man he was right at the pool
battleground station people Askim way and i think is planning Japanese day it was a lifetime
he could actually give you answers not just repeat what he said but
give you access to the questions were Saudi could not do before with get into
the water and that would be I would say
anecdotally that’s true that it would last a couple hours before he went and
had a blast back into his condition prior to that experience
the actions we had not only from our staff and his daughters still for whether it be two hours or I’m best that they can converse with him
they can see him smile vacancy have enjoyed camping and be in command of his
body for a short period of time it at a quality of life that nothing
else we have been able to do could create and so I think that for people who say there’s a lot of
resources used to give the person that ability for short time when you see it it hard for you to stay ok but not worth it because it is still
worth it in itself work that that that person had that ability for as long as they
could happen as long as he had it was am it was just something that nobody can it
you can watch this and not see that now you have it and
probably just don’t need to work now I’m tenncare yeah so it was a marvellous case and we also plane polish the cases me also long-term care while

Comments 17

  • Thanks for sharing, Stacy. What a joyful result. I only wish everyone with a diagnosis of dementia had the opportunity to experience a variety of therapy modalities.

  • Beautiful use of the perfect activity for this guy. 
    Stacey, congratulations for your exceptional one on one interaction skills and real interest in your client.
    Inspiring therapist and patient interaction.

  • This is so incredibly exciting, Stacy! SOON…We will meet!

  • Fabulous, amazing, superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This is great!  Thank you for bringing it to my attention.  I know my son was in my water therapy video and it may not have looked professional.  However, I knew then that he is only going to be that age once in his life and I never wanted to miss anytime with him.  Now, he's 14 y.o. and is in his room gaming.  I miss those times.
    Anyway, your video is very informative and I subbed. I am licensed as a RN, BSN and my back got worse over the years. I have arthritis, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis (which isn't bad and it's not noticeable right now), stenosis, bulging discs now are herniated.  I want to get better because there's so much I want to do in life.

  • Would be great if available to average person~ 
    Petition your Politician to stop spending money on illegal aliens, prisoners, and all the other schemes that got going!

  • WOW!!!!!!

  • QUICK, somebody throw some legs weights on that man!

  • Awesome recovery, fair therapist.

  • Thats cool 🙂

  • UPDATE: Outreach North Carolina article-

    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).

    A video of the success of their programming will be available shortly.

  • For those interested, this topic that is supported by an increasing body of knowledge is presented first time outside the USA by Stacy Lynch and Bruce Becker at, October 29-31 in Querétaro, Mexico

  • UPDATE: Woodland Terrace released a video of their great new aquatic program for their Long Term Care residents with dementia.
    Please click below to watch:

  • We are proud to be hosting the 5th International Conference on Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy in Las Vegas on April 14-16, 2018.
    Please view, like and share:
    We will be having 11 internationally renowned keynote speakers covering some of the newest in aquatic research around the world.

  • Join us at the 5th International Conference on Evidence Based Aquatic Therapy:
    April 14-16, 2018- Las Vegas, NV
    11 International Keynote Speakers revealing the newest research in Aquatic Therapy

  • Inertia is proudly sponsoring the 5th International Conference on Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy in Las Vegas on April 14-16, 2018. There will be 11 International Keynote Speakers presenting the newest on aquatic therapy research. ICEBAT is endorsed by 17 International Aquatic Therapy organizations. You do not have to be a therapist to attend. More information at

  • I have found Water Specific Therapy (based of Halliwick Aquatic Therapy) to be the key to working with minimally responsive patients.

    Inertia Therapy Services and Pisces Aquatic Services are co-hosting the only international certification course in the U.S. for this technique this September in Houston, Texas. The Association of International Aquatic Therapy Faculty (IATF) is the provider of this course, and Johan Lambeck will be teaching this course.

    This is the best aquatic course I have ever taken. Take a look, and let me know if you have any questions or interests:

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