About APTA Geriatrics

Our Mission

Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to optimize the experience of aging

Our Vision

Embracing aging and empowering adults to move, engage, and live well

Contact APTA Geriatrics

APTA Geriatrics
1818 Parmenter St, Ste 300
Middleton, WI 53562


Join APTA Geriatrics

It is essential for any physical therapist, assistant, or student involved with aging clients to stay current in the field of geriatric physical therapy. You should join if you:

  • Provide direct care to geriatric clients in an acute, long term, home health, hospice, or outpatient setting;
  • Supervise health care practitioners involved in the care of the geriatric client;
  • Are involved in the education of health care practitioners specializing in geriatrics;
  • Develop and/or implement programs involving the aging adult;
  • Are a student desiring current information in the field of geriatric physical therapy.

  • (Note: American Physical Therapy Association membership is required to become an APTA Geriatrics member)

We Value:

    • Older people and aging as a positive event.
    • The unique contributions of physical therapy to enhance the quality of life of all older adults.
    • Collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies.
    • Quality of life as enhanced throughout the lifespan by following principles of health promotion, prevention of disease, and appropriate rehabilitation intervention.
    • The highest standards of clinical practice as supported by research and education.
    • The current and potential contributions of each physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and student member.
    • Communication among the members.
    • Leadership's accountability to the members considering their current and anticipated needs.
    • The cultural diversity of each member and older adult.

Official APTA Geriatrics Position Statements

APTA Geriatrics Strategic Plan Goals 2019-2020:

    • Goal 1: APTA Geriatrics provides education that enhances practice by producing value, empowering advocates, and promoting the use of evidence informed practice
    • Goal 2: APTA Geriatrics attracts, engages, and mobilizes physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students serving aging adults
    • Goal 3: APTA Geriatrics builds relationships to expand its influence and the reach of physical therapy
Download the APTA Geriatrics' Strategic Plan (requires login)

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