About APTA Geriatrics

We are committed to building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to optimize the experience of aging.

Geriatrics is a rapidly growing specialty in physical therapy. APTA Geriatrics, An Academy of the American Association of Physical Therapists, supports those therapists, assistants, and students who work with an aging population in roles of advocacy, direct patient care, consultation, supervision, and education. The Academy was formed in 1978 to address the needs of the physical therapy practitioner working with the aging client. Today, it represents and serves over 5,500 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and other health care providers interested in the area of geriatric physical therapy.

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Empowering Adults to Move, Engage, and Live Well

APTA Geriatrics provides education that enhances practice by producing value, empowering advocates, and promoting the use of evidence-informed practice.

APTA Geriatrics attracts, engages and mobilizes physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students serving aging

APTA Geriatrics builds relationships to expand its influence and the reach of physical therapy.

It is essential for any physical therapist, assistant, or student involved with aging clients to stay current in the field of geriatric physical therapy.
Join APTA Geriatrics 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

 

Join a Special Interest Group

A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a community within APTA Geriatrics with a shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge.

 

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

 

APTA Geriatrics Research Agenda

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