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August 06, 2018

Every 2-3 years the Academy Board of Directors holds a strategic planning meeting to review our mission, goals, objectives, and strategies to advance geriatric physical therapy, keep current in the changing health care system, and meet the needs of our membership.

The Member Needs survey at is designed to help us prepare for that meeting, which will occur this fall. We would appreciate you taking a few minutes to tell us about your perception of the value of your membership in AGPT and to provide suggestions for how we can grow and thrive as an Academy. We anticipate the survey will take 10-15 minutes. Thank you in advance.


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August 01, 2018

On July 31, 2018 CMS finalized three 2019 Medicare payment rules for the Skilled Nursing Facility PPS, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility PPS, and Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PPS. Individually and collectively, the final rules issued today put patients over paperwork, ease provider burden, and make significant strides in modernizing Medicare

For more information,


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July 31, 2018

Rania Karim, PT, DPT, AGPT Membership Chair and Practice Committee member, was recently recognized as an APTA Emerging Leader. Rania was nominated by the Academy for her significant contributions to the advancement of the physical therapy profession, specifically in the area of geriatrics and we are proud of her many accomplishments!

The Emerging Leader Award was established to annually honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the profession and APTA early in their careers. Watch for the announcement in the October issue of PT in Motion Magazine. Congratulations Rania!

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July 31, 2018

The EMPOWER Act (H.R. 3728) passed the House on July 23. The bill would reauthorize many Title VII health workforce programs including geriatrics workforce enhancement programs and geriatric academic career awards. Due to House rules on budget, the bill that passed the House is still lower than the $51 million the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) has been advocating for during Hill visits and all other communications. EWA is optimistic that advocacy in the Senate can raise the funding levels.

Contact your Senator about the bill!


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July 12, 2018

A Global Call to Action (CtA) on Fragility Fractures, an initiative led by the Fragility Fracture Network of the Bone and Joint Decade, has been published in Injury, the International Journal of the Care of the Injured. The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy is proud to be among the 80+ international organizations endorsing the CtA. The full text of publication is available here:

The global population is currently undergoing the greatest demographic shift in the history of humankind. A direct consequence of this “longevity miracle” – if left unchecked – will be an explosion in the incidence of chronic diseases afflicting older people. In the absence of systematic and system-wide interventions, this tsunami of need is poised to engulf health and social care systems throughout the world. Osteoporosis, falls and the fragility fractures that follow will be at the vanguard of this battle which is set to rage between quantity and quality of life.

By 2010, the global incidence of one of the most common and debilitating fragility fractures, hip fracture, was estimated to be 2.7 million cases per year. Conservative projections suggest that this will increase to 4.5 million cases per year by 2050. While all countries will be impacted, in absolute terms, Asia will bear the brunt of this growing burden of disease, with around half of hip fractures occurring in this region by the middle of the century. And the associated costs are staggering: in Europe in 2010, osteoporosis cost Euro 37 billion, while in the United States estimates for fracture costs for 2020 are US$22 billion.

If our health and social care systems are to withstand this assault, a robust strategy must be devised, and an army of health professionals amassed to deliver it. This strategy must transform how we currently treat and rehabilitate people who have sustained fragility fractures, in combination with preventing as many fractures from occurring as possible. The latter can be achieved in part by ensuring that health systems always respond to the first fracture to prevent second and subsequent fractures. In short, let the first fracture be the last.

A major step towards making this aspiration a reality has occurred today with publication of a Global Call to Action to improve the care of people with fragility fractures. Endorsed by 81 leading organizations from around the world, covering the fields of medicine and nursing for older people, orthopaedic surgery, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, physiotherapy, rehabilitation medicine and rheumatology, the case for transformation of the following aspects of care has been made:

  • The surgical and medical care provided to a person hospitalized with a hip fracture, a painful fracture of the spine and other major fragility fractures.
  • Prevention of second and subsequent fractures for people who have sustained their first fragility fracture.
  • Rehabilitation of people whose ability to function is impaired by hip fractures and other major fragility fractures, to restore their mobility and independence.

The Call to Action was conceived at an annual congress of the Fragility Fracture Network (FFN), when six leading organisations came together to determine how they could most effectively collaborate to improve fracture care globally. Lead author of the publication, Professor Karsten E. Dreinhöfer said “Fragility fractures can devastate the quality of life of people who suffer them and are pushing our already overstretched health systems to breaking point”.  Dreinhöfer added “As the first of the baby boomers are now into their seventies, we must take control of this problem immediately before it is too late”.

The Global Call to Action illustrates that for the first time, all the leading organisations in the world have recognized the need for collaboration on an entirely new scale. “The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy has a long history of promoting bone health to improve population health and we are proud to be among the charter group of global endorsers. The publication of this CtA along with the unprecedented level of consensus shared by societies across the world provides an opportunity to drive widespread implementation of best practice in the United States and globally,” Dr. Greg Hartley, President of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

The Global Call to Action proposes specific priorities for people with fragility fractures and their advocacy organisations, individual health workers, healthcare professional organisations, governmental organisations and nations as such, insurers, health systems and healthcare practices, and the life sciences industry. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the years 2020-2030 to be the “Decade of Healthy Aging” and later this year the United Nations (UN) will hold its Third High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases. The authors highlight the opportunity for WHO and UN to consider the recommendations made in the Global Call to Action as an enabler for their global initiatives.


Fragility Fracture Network Central Office

c/o MCI Schweiz AG

Schaffhauserstrasse 550

8052 Zürich



Key contacts:

Kate Mangione, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Member, Physio Special Interest Group

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June 11, 2018

Among the most important public health findings over the last two decades has been that there are a number of factors, beyond medical care, that influence health and contribute to premature mortality. The Bipartisan Policy Center has worked extensively to highlight the importance of one such factor—safe, affordable housing—recognizing that the integration of health and housing has the potential to improve health outcomes and reduce costs borne by the health care system.

The integration of health and housing has the potential to improve health outcomes and reduce costs borne by the health care system. 

There are many ongoing and productive partnerships between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HHS) at this nexus of health and housing. Generally, these collaborations help the departments to break down their siloed decision-making, more fully capitalize on their respective expertise, maximize limited funding, and more efficiently and impactfully fulfill both their missions. Yet their work is far from finished; pressing challenges make continued and close collaboration between the two departments during the Trump administration more important than ever.

In any administration, given limited resources, limited time, and a host of pressing challenges, only certain priorities can rise to the top. To better understand the priorities of the new leadership teams in HUD and HHS, we conducted dozens of interviews with housing and health experts, stakeholders, and HUD and HHS staff—career and politically appointed. We also relied on the input of a bipartisan advisory group of former HUD and HHS leaders.

In addition to this qualitative outreach effort, the departments’ strategic plans and President Trump’s proposed 2019 budget also provided us with a guide to the administration’s key priorities. For FY2019, the president requests $1,216 billion for HHS and $42 billion for HUD. The requests reflect strategic and analytical input from across the two departments. From these sources, we have identified promising process and programmatic areas for partnership opportunities.


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May 21, 2018

The Cognitive and Mental Health SIG would like to share with you a youtube video link that speaks to how we can all clinically assess and address feelings of job burnout. It speaks to physicians, but we can change the script ourselves from MDs to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, students, residents, and physical therapy doctors.

The video is < 5.5 minutes long and describes a straight-forward 3-step process to clinicially assessing job burnout and real action steps to correct it. It is hoped you think it is worth your time and worth sharing/discussing with your colleagues in team conferences and in local chapter meetings. We always love to hear from you! Please keep sending your comments on content and project development ideas to Lise McCarthy, CMHSIG Chair at Last, if you like and appreciate the content posted on the CMHSIG webpage so far, please do sign up to be a member at as this is the only way to really let the Board of Directors and the CMHSIG leadership know we are on the right track in developing content that supports and represents your needs. 

The video can be accessed at:


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May 17, 2018

A look back at all the Academy has accomplished in the last 40 years!

Take a look at how we celebrated at CSM!



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May 08, 2018

The Residency/Fellowship SIG proundly supports geriatric residencies and is excited to announce the recipients of scholarships to assist with offsetting costs associated with geriatric residency work. Congratulations to the following Academy members: Sarah Evans/University of Minnesota; Lashia Hicks/Brooks IHL Geriatric Residency;  Mary Hood/St. Catherine's/Villa Maria; Ashley Kinsey/Durham VA Medical Center; Matthew Mucha/Louis Stokes Cleveland VA and Alexandra Piersanti/Creighton University.

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April 06, 2018

The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy is pleased to announce Management of Falls and Fall Prevention in Older Adults written by Mariana Wingood, DPT, PT, GCS, CEEAA and edited by Barbara Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, DPT, GCS is now available in the APTA Learning Center.

Falls are major concern for older adults! Physical therapists play a key role in fall prevention, as well as treating falls and fall related injuries. With evidence-based practice the functional mobility and quality of life of older adults may be improved, while decreasing the national fall related statistics. This information will provide clinicians with the appropriate multi-factorial assessment and interventions to set their patient up for success!

To order, please visit

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March 27, 2018

Bone Health SIG 2018 Annual Report:




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March 22, 2018

Many thanks to Karleen Cordeau for her assistance in putting these fun facts together!


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March 21, 2018

APTA has a new mission, and it's all about bringing people together.

"Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society" is now the official mission statement for APTA. Developed by the APTA Board of Directors after the 2017 House of Delegates entrusted the Board to update and maintain the association's mission, the statement is strongly integrated with APTA's vision statement for the profession of physical therapy: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."

"The vision statement APTA adopted in 2013 positions the association as an outward-facing organization committed to positive change," said APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD. "Our new mission statement articulates the association's role in that change—by being a place of engagement, where multiple perspectives can be brought together in support of advancing physical therapist practice to create pathways toward a healthier society."

According to Dunn, as the APTA Board of Directors explored the creation of a new mission statement, members realized that in many ways the association already is living out its mission.

"Our emphasis on being better together, our recommitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and our energized and connected members pointed the way toward this new mission statement," Dunn said. "We believe it's a forward-looking mission, but it's also a mission firmly rooted in our profession's values and its history of compassion, concern for society, and willingness to make bold moves.

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November 01, 2017

Orthopedic Issues in Aging
GeriNotes 2017 CE Online Exam

Click here for more information and to purchase and take the exam


A Continuing Education Module for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Test and evaluation forms must be completed online no later than December 31, 2018. Upon submission of materials and a passing score of 80% or higher on the post-test, you will receive a continuing education certificate for .4 CEUs.

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