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August 18, 2017

This 2-day course called Advances in Exercise for the Older Adult: A PTA Focus Course will focus on the Physical Therapist Assistant’s (PTA) use of exercise as an advanced rehabilitation intervention for the aging adult. Several common functional outcome measures will be actively performed by participants or demonstrated by instructors. The physical stress theory regarding proper exercise intensity will be presented. PTAs will learn how to utilize this concept in exercise programs for aging adults, as indicated by the physical therapy (PT) plan of care (POC), for aerobic conditioning, balance, gait and strength training.  A variety of diagnoses commonly treated in aging adults will be reviewed and discussed relative to the application of exercise principles, treatment progression, and precautions.  A discussion of barriers and motivation strategies to assist the aging adult in achieving goals will be included. The course will include both lecture and hands-on practical lab activities. Maximum number of participants is 60.
More info and registration is available at

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August 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning to pull the plug on its recently released — and frequently delayed — bundled payment models for cardiac and orthopedic care.

That's according to a proposed rule sent to the Office of Management and Budget that is currently pending regulatory review, according to the office's website. The rule is titled “Cancellation of Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Models; Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model.


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August 11, 2017


    1. Review draft budget provided by the AGPT Office each fall.  Formulate recommendations to the Board of Directors for how to make it a balanced budget.  Participate in a Finance Committee Conference Call to formulate official recommendations to the Board of Directors.    
    2. Review the Investment Policy as necessary and recommend changes to the Treasurer.
    3. Annually review budget and provide recommendation of support to the Foundation, if any.

Applicants must be a member of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and maintain a working e-mail address in APTA/AGPT’s database.  Finance Committee members report to the Treasurer who provides support throughout the term and is available to answer any questions. 

Commitment:  3 year term, 9/2017-9/2020.  Time estimate is 1-5 hours annually.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and qualifications to Karen Curran, Academy Executive at by August 31, 2017

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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.

Find complete info at


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July 31, 2017

Active Aging Week is September 24-30, 2017

Visit the website for planning tips, theme days, resources, and other ways to get involved

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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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July 28, 2017

The Health Promotion and Wellness SIG has posted a new blast cast titled Smartphones and Wearable Activity Trackers to Measure and Promote Physical Activity. As physical therapists and physical therapist's assistants we regularly engage in promoting active lifestyles and assisting patients with physical activity behavior changes. It is important for us to be familiar with the measurement accuracy and effectiveness of popular technology for monitoring physical activity. The goal of this blast cast is to provide readers with contemporary references about: (a) the accuracy of some of the most popular devices and applications for tracking physical activity and (b) how they may be used to promote activity among patients.

The blast cast can be found at

Please direct questions or comments about the blast cast to Gina Pariser, Vice Chair-HPW SIG (  

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July 20, 2017

The recording for the July 18 webinar on the Proposed 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule is now available at

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May 18, 2017

Locum Tenens has long been an issue for many therapists who work in rural areas and can’t get coverage during illness/vacations – thus interrupting continuity of care.

In a transmittal published May 12, CMS announced that "reciprocal billing and fee-for-time arrangements" under Medicare part B will be extended to PTs in health professional shortage areas (HPSA), medically underserved areas (MUA), or in CMS-designated rural areas (any area outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area or Metropolitan Division). The change, triggered by the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law in December 2016, was 1 of APTA's top public policy priorities.

Under the new provisions, Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) are instructed to pay the regular PT for the services of a substitute PT, regardless of whether those services were provided through a reciprocal billing arrangement or if the PT pays the substitute in a per diem or other fee-for-service arrangement.

It's important to note that the change is limited to certain parts of the country designated by CMS as a HPSA, MUA, or "rural area." PTs can find out if they're practicing in a HPSA or MUA by visiting the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) website. Finding out about rural areas is a little trickier: the information is available on a webpage devoted to the final rule's data files. To get at the Excel file with the relevant information, scroll down to a gray "Downloads" box and open a file titled "County to CBSA crosswalk file and urban CBSAs and constituent counties for acute care hospitals." The areas left blank in the excel sheet are the ones CMS has designated as rural.

The change is effective June 13, 2017


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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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