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October 19, 2017

Give 12 Months of Health Tips for Aging Adults including info on:

-Reducing Falls Risk

-Locating a Geriatric Specialist

-Healthy Bones

-Dementia and More!

The calendars make great gifts for your patients and clients and we offer discounts for multiple orders.

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October 11, 2017

In honor of National Physical Therapy Month and Breast Cancer Awareness, The APTA Foundation for Physical Therapy is highlighting Ann Marie Flores, PT, PhD, a researcher who was recently awarded the first-ever $40,000 Moffat Geriatric Research Grant to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapist examinations and/or interventions in geriatric populations.

In her study titled “Breast Cancer Impairment Knowledge Study,” Flores, aims to compare health beliefs about breast cancer-related impairments and to demonstrate the role physical therapy plays to treat such impairments. “My goal is to translate population-based research into patient-centered, physical therapy based interventions that will improve physical and functional impairments, abilities, and self-efficacy for cancer survivors.”

The full story can be found at


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October 11, 2017

We are seeking occupational and physical therapists with experience treating persons with stroke or stroke risk to participate in research on stroke prevention. The purpose of this project is to describe prevention education provided by therapists for people who are risk for a first or subsequent stroke.

We value your opinion and hope you will respond to this electronic survey, which should take less than 10 minutes. Completion and submission serves as consent for participation. Your participation in this research project is voluntary; you may choose to withdraw from or stop the survey at any time. Your responses will remain confidential. No individual or specific institution affiliation will be named in the reporting of the research findings. This survey has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Chatham University (IRB #2392; May 17, 2017).

If you agree to participate in this research project, simply click on the link below to enter Qualtrics:


The deadline for participation in this survey is October 31.

To thank you for your time, we will randomly select 2 people to receive a FitBit. Please provide your name and email address at the end of the survey to be considered for this raffle. Your survey responses will not be linked to this identifying information.

If you have any questions, please contact any one of the primary investigators. Our contact information is listed below. 

Thank you!


Susan Perry, PT, DPT; 412-365-1406


Barbara Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, DPT, GCS; 412-848-4710


Jodi Schreiber, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT; 412-365-1428

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September 22, 2017

On September 18th, the Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. APTA worked with Senator Tillis’s (NC) office to introduce an amendment that directs the Secretary of Defense to revise TRICARE so it would recognize physical therapist assistants and occupational therapy assistants. The amendment was part of a large package of amendments that was added and we were happy to see Senator McCain praise the bipartisan agreement on the package.

The Senate victory comes on the heels of report language included in the House’s version of the NDAA which directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the committee determining the feasibility of adding para health professionals as healthcare providers in the military health system by April 1, 2018. The review will look at how to incorporate PTAs, OTAs, and other para health professionals.

Taken together, APTA has secured language in both bills on both sides of the Capitol. We expect representatives from the Senate and House Armed Services committees to come together in a conference and work out the differences in the legislations. With language in both versions, we are optimistic we will see positive language in the final draft that the President signs. APTA is hopeful that the language passed in the Senate version is the final agreed-upon language since it is more directive and we believe it would take less time to implement.

Currently, there has been no schedule set for a conference between the committees, but we will continue to educate the chairs of committees to ensure the best version of the language is enacted. If you have any questions please contact Michael Hurlbut.

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September 20, 2017

Please welcome and congratulate Michele Stanley as the next editor of GeriNotes. The Task Force charged with reviewing the applicants recognized Michele’s several years of experience as both a GeriNotes contributor and a member of the editorial board. Many of you know Michele as a member of the listserv committee. Meri Goehring will continue in the position until October 1st and will work closely with Michele to ensure a smooth transition. A huge thank you to Meri for all her work in making GeriNotes one of our top member benefits!

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September 10, 2017

We are gearing up to celebrate the Academy’s 40th Anniversary at CSM and would like you to become a part of the experience by sending Karen Curran ( a digital photo in jpeg form, a PDF of a picture, OR a hardcopy of a picture ( you will not have the picture returned) of your PT/PTA memories. Include information that you feel comfortable sharing publically. The planning committee will then display the photos at the Members Meeting or at the Academy’s booth.


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August 11, 2017

Physical Therapists with the CEEAA designation demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in designing and applying an effective examination and exercise prescription and measuring the effectiveness and reflecting the current evidence of exercise for all aging adults. The process to attain the credential of "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" is to complete formal didactic education, and to participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection, and critical thinking. 

Three courses of two days each will address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery. The three courses are designed to build on each other; however, Courses 1 and 2 can be taken out of sequence but Course 3 must be taken last. After each course there is an online exam to be completed within 3 months of the course. Participants get two tries to achieve a 75% passing score. There is one practical test that is done onsite either course 2 or 3. While all attendees will receive continuing education credit, the tests/practical exam must be completed successfully to achieve the CEEAA designation.

MCPHS University - Worcester Campus

10 Lincoln Square

Worcester, MA 01608

March 17-18, 2018

April 28-29, 2018

July 14-15, 2018


University of Indianapolis

1400 East Hanna Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46227

June 2-3, 2018

July 28-29, 2018

September 15-16, 2018


West Coast University

590 N Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90004

August 18-19, 2018

September 29-30, 2018

October 27-28

 The CEEAA series has historically sold out the last several years so register early to assure your spot. 

For registration and more information, please visit


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August 09, 2017

4 Tips to Stay Active and Independent As You Age

Aging can have a bad reputation; however, there is no reason that growing older can’t be a journey full of adventure and opportunities to live life to the fullest. All you need is proper guidance, proactive steps, and a positive attitude.

And there is proof. Research suggests that improvements in physical function are possible well into older adulthood, and supports that continued activity as you age helps fight cognitive decline.

With the guidance of a physical therapist, you can improve mobility, maintain your independence, and continue participating in your favorite daily activities. As a movement expert, a physical therapist can provide an evaluation and design a treatment program to address any of your ailments and deficiencies, make modifications based on other preexisting conditions, and help you achieve your goals.

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July 31, 2017

APTA's Emerging Leaders program recognizes PTs and PTAs early in their careers for outstanding contributions to the profession of physical therapy.  Mariana is one of our most involved members, serving as chair of our Balance and Falls Special Interest Group, Program Co-Chair and AGPT State Advocate for the state of Vermont where she facilitates communication between the VPTA and the Academy. As chair of our BFSIG, Mariana has conference calls with members to keep them informed of upcoming activities and she also started a bi-monthly journal club where members discuss current articles with the authors when available. And if that wasn't enough to engage members of the SIG, she also sends out information related to a different aspect of managing balance and falls risk in our older adult populations every month. Topics include Getting Started - How to Discuss Falls and Goal Setting; Home Modifications; Outcome Measures and Educating Our Medical Contemporaries. As our Program Co-Chair at CSM and NEXT, Mariana is responsible for the evaluation of educational needs for our members along with management of speaker contracts and handouts, and room set-ups and catering at the events. Her contributions to numerous publications and courses in the field of geriatrics along with her community-based activities proves her commitment to improving the lives of our aging adults. We are proud to recognize Mariana's many accomplishments as an emerging leader. Congratulations Mariana!

Full details regarding the APTA Emerging Leaders Program can be found at

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April 01, 2017

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has announced the 2017 Honors and Awards Program recipients and we are very proud to recognize the following members of the Academy of Geriatric of Physical Therapy:

Ethel Frese, PT, DPT, FAPTA, Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA
David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA
Cheryl Resnik, PT, DPT, FAPTA, Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA
Tamara N. Gravano, PT, DPT, Lucy Blair Service Award
Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, Lucy Blair Service Award
Cathy Haines Ciolek, PT, DPT, Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award
Deanna Wanzek, PT, Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award
Myla Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS, Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching
Brendon Larsen, SPTA, Mary McMillan Scholarship Award for Physical Therapist Assistant Students
Leah Huber Wright, SPTA, Mary McMillan Scholarship Award for Physical Therapist Assistant Students

Award recipients will be recognized during the Honors & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 22, 5:30–6:30 pm, at the NEXT 2017 Conference and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. for all awardees.

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March 16, 2017

The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living has released their Profile of Older Americans for 2016. The info can be found at

The annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population, A Profile of Older Americans: 2016, is now available, online only.  It includes both narrative and statistical charts. This annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population covers 15 topical areas, including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving.This profile covers 15 topical areas including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving.  

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September 04, 2016


Important Practice Updates - August 2016

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