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January 31, 2020

Grant monies will be awarded on a "first-come, first-serve" basis, with an annual grant cycle of January 1st to December 31st. Grant applicants must be an Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT) member.
The Academy will award a total grant amount of $1,000 as seed money to fund the Candidacy fees for a Geriatric Residency or Geriatric Fellowship Program Application per funded year. 

Applications will be accepted through March 2020.

Download more information and the grant application: 


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January 31, 2020

The APTA Geriatrics promotes lifelong learning and the transition to clinical specialization.   The mission of the APTA Geriatrics is to build a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to optimize the experience of aging. Therefore, the APTA Geriatrics supports physical therapists interested in geriatric study and interested in pursuing clinical residencies and or fellowships. 

APTA Geriatrics takes pride assisting in the development of young professionals interested in advancing their careers through working with older adults.  To foster the growth of Geriatric Physical Therapy Specialty Practice, APTA Geriatrics is offering scholarships to physical therapists in a geriatric clinical residency or fellowship programs.   

The scholarships are intended to assist in offsetting the costs associated with residency and fellowship programs. The Board of Directors (BOD) of the APTA Geriatrics has determined that up to ten thousand dollars will be awarded this year depending on the applicant pool and decisions made by the scholarship committee. Each scholarship will be a minimum of $1250 and no greater than $2500.  Scholarship funds may be used for costs related to professional study including but not limited to moving expenses, professional conference fees, geriatric specialty exam fees, textbooks, or other study materials.  This is a merit-based scholarship that will be awarded based on the review of applicant essays, resumes, and professional letter of recommendation.  Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Residency and Fellowship Special Interest Group and brought to the BOD of APTA Geriatrics for approval.

Download more information and the application here:


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December 19, 2019

The Global Health for Aging Adults SIG has been working this year to develop a work plan to support the needs of our membership and strategic plans for the AGPT. To finalize the work plan to be presented at CSM in Denver, the SIG needs feedback from both AGPT members and SIG members. Please take two minutes to complete this very brief question which will provide information the GHAA leadership needs to prioritize items in the work plan. Thank you for your interest and help to make the GHAA what you need as a Physical Therapy professional. (Estimated time to complete: 2 minutes)

Complete the GHAASIG survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7YW6WSD

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December 17, 2019

Certified Exercise Experts for Aging Adults (CEEAA®)

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland State University 

Course 1: March 14-15

Course 2: June 20-21 

Course 3: July 18-19

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova Southeastern University

Course 1: May 2-3

Course 2: July 11-12 

Course 3: September 12-13

New Orleans, Louisiana

Touro Infirmary Hospital 

Course 1: April 4-5

Course 2: August 8-9

Course 3: October 3-4

All PTs with the CEEAA credential 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 CEEAA credential 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 may be taken out of sequence with prior approval from the course administrators. Participants will be required to complete the series two years from the first course taken and must receive prior permission from course administrators. All participants are strongly encouraged to take the three courses in one location.

Please note: participants are urged to check with their state licensure board to see if the courses count towards continuing education credit.

Register early! The CEEAA courses have limited enrollment so assure your spot today!

Register at https://geriatricspt.org/events/courses/ceeaa/

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December 01, 2019

For several years, APTA Geriatrics developed and implemented a consumer brochure contest, in which students submitted original art and content. The goal was to promote learning in our physical therapy programs while helping APTA Geriatrics develop a library of clinical pamphlets to be published on the its website.

This year, we're changing it up! The Consumer Brochure contest is now the Consumer Video Contest.

The deadline to submit a Consumer Video for the next contest is November 15, 2020.

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November 11, 2019

If you’d like to participate in discussions on topics related to geriatric physical therapy, we encourage you to join the new APTA Geriatrics Discussion Group. This group will be open to both non-members and members of APTA Geriatrics. 

To join,

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/geriatricspt/.
  2. Click the "Join Group" button in the group's main menu to send a request to join the group.
  3. Check your notifications. Once a moderator of the group approves your membership, Facebook will send you a notification of the approval and group posts will immediately begin to appear in your news feed.
  4. Incoming posts will be moderated by a team of PTs.

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August 19, 2019

We are pleased to offer access to these research “1-pagers” on the value of physical activity and role of physical therapists in preventing falls or reducing fall risk; value of physical therapists in reducing readmissions; and the value of early mobilization.


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