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January 17, 2019

We have put together a PDF with all Programming, Academy Events and Poster and Platform Information which can be found at


Award Winners to Be Recognized at Thursday Morning's Breakfast of Champions

Outstanding PTA Student - Jeremy Darnell, SPTA

Outstanding PT Student - Noelle Alicea, SPT

Volunteers in Action - Phyllis Kitchens, PT

Clinical Educator - Tara Granada, PT, DPT

Clinical Excellence - James Ballard, PT, DPT

Outstanding PTA - Jeremy Foster, PTA

Distinguished Educator - Stephen Carp, PT

Student Research Award - Ashleigh Trapuzzano, SPT

Adopt-A-Doc Award

Pamela Dunlap, PT, DPT

Talina Corvus, PT, DPT

Fellowship for Geriatric Research- Brooke Klatt, PT, DPT, PhD

Excellence in Geriatric Research Award - Nancy Gell, PT

Rehabilitation services use of older adults according to fall-risk screening guidelines


All winners will be recognized at Breakfast with Champions: GCS Recognition, Awards and Distinguished Lecture! Thursday morning, January 24 in the Marriott Marquis Marquis 8. The Awards Ceremony will take place immediately following the GCS Recognition Breakfast and will begin at 730am. At 8:30am, Carole B. Lewis has been invited to speak as our first distinguished lecturer and will be challenging us all with her lecture "Getting to Great in Geriatrics: Overcome our fear of greatness by piercing the seduction of certainty and welcoming the future."


Also plan on joining us at the annual Member's Meeting on Thursday from 6:30pm-8pm with social time to follow. We will hear updates from your Board of Directors, recognize outgoing leaders, introduce newly elected leaders and members will have a chance to endorse the Academy's new strategic plan.


Volunteering at the Booth is a great way to connect with your peers, help out the Academy and be registered to win a free year's membership. The AGPT CSM Booth Volunteer sign-up is available at

We are also asking for volunteers to help staff the Prime Timers booth at CSM. This is a great opportunity for our members to meet and learn from our most senior, wonderful members of our profession and hear their stories. We are hoping for 1-hour commitments. Please contact Venita Lovelace-Chandler at [email protected] if you can help.

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January 07, 2019

MyMobilityPlan_300x174.pngWith aging might come changes in older adults’ ability to get around and do the things they want and need to do. These mobility changes may affect older adults’ health and independence and are related to an increased risk of falls and motor vehicle crashes—the two leading causes of older adult injury.

The CDC released a new mobility planning tool to help older adults create a personalized MyMobility Plan. This planning tool, along with a supporting fact sheet about medicines that might increase risk of a fall or motor vehicle crash, helps older adults plan for mobility changes similar to the way that many plan financially for retirement.


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January 03, 2019

Newly Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Recertified GCSs and PTAs with Advance Proficiency in Geriatrics will be recognized individually at the new AGPT event this year, Breakfast with Champions: GCS Recognition, Awards and Distinguished Lecture. The GCS and PTA Advance Proficiency recognition ceremony will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 am on January 24, Thursday morning at the Marriot Marquis 8. Individuals who will be recognized are advised to arrive on time for the ceremony.

For other American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties related events, ceremonies and receptions for newly certified and recertified clinical specialists during CSM, please visit the ABPTS website:


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December 28, 2018

Whether you are an experienced CSM attendee or this is your first time, learn from AGPT's CSM Programming Co-Chairs, Sarah Ross and Katie Walworth, as they discuss some tips about navigating AGPT events, programming and the exhibit hall!

We have also put together a PDF with all Programming, Academy Events and Poster and Platform Information which can be found at



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December 17, 2018

The Foundation for Physical Therapy awarded the $40,000 Geriatric Research Grant to AGPT Member Annalisa Na, PT, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch Division of Rehabilitation Sciences. This grant — made possible by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Fund — will support the project “Functional Recovery in Patients with Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus following a Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty”. Na seeks to improve TKA outcomes for patients with type-2 diabetes by establishing effective guidelines.

The Foundation also awarded 11 other promising researchers in conclusion of the 2018 funding cycle. The funding, made possible through the support of generous donors, is an investment in the physical therapy profession and will help to address ongoing and emerging issues in the field. Other AGPT Members funded include:

Michael Tevald, PT, MPT, PhD, an Associate Professor at Arcadia University’s College of Health Sciences is the recipient of the $40,000 Acute Care Research Grant. His project titled “Early Impact of Lung Transplantation on Skeletal Muscle” will enable the development of evidence-based rehabilitation strategies allowing acute care physical therapists to effectively address effects of surgery, hospitalization, and illness of physical function. This grant is supported by a donation from the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy.

Barbara Sargent, PT, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, was awarded the $40,000 Pediatric Research Grant. Her project titled, “Quantifying Selective Motor Control in Infants at High Risk for Cerebral Palsy,” aims to identify cerebral palsy (CP) in early infancy and develop effective interventions to improve walking outcomes of people with CP. This grant is supported by the Pediatric Physical Therapy Fund.

The full press release can be found at

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December 17, 2018

A CMS call on November 15, 2018, prompted a joint statement from AOTA, APTA, and ASHA and a request for a meeting related to student participation and supervision in the IRF setting.

Senior staff from APTA, AOTA, and ASHA met with CMS officials on December 11, 2018. During this collegial meeting, CMS staff confirmed verbally that there has been no policy change in 2018 on the use of students. CMS also reaffirmed its support for clinical education. CMS concluded the meeting by agreeing to provide additional clarification in writing on this topic in the very near future.

Please watch this space for additional updates.

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December 06, 2018

New Home Study Modules Now Available on the APTA Learning Center

Management of Falls and Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Tool Kit for the Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Assistive Devices, Adaptive Equipment, Orthotics, and Wheeled Mobility for the Older Adult

Bariatric Obesity in the Older Adult

End of Life Ethics

Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Biopsychosocial and Environmental Aspects of Aging

Full details can be found at

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December 03, 2018

Please plan on joining us at the annual AGPT Member Meeting on January 24 from 630pm-8pm in the Marriott Marquis. The Board of Directors unanimously approved the new plan at their Board Meeting in October and we are excited to share it with you!

Vision Statement

Embracing aging and empowering adults to move, engage, and live well

Mission Statement

Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to optimize the experience of aging


Goal 1:  AGPT provides education that enhances practice by producing value, empowering advocates, and promoting the use of evidence informed practice

Goal 2:  AGPT attracts, engages, and mobilizes physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students serving aging adults

Goal 3:  AGPT builds relationships to expand its influence and the reach of physical therapy

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November 28, 2018

June 7-8, 2019

8 am 4:40 pm both days


St. Catherine University

2004 Randolph Avenue

St Paul, MN 55105


Course Description


This 2-day 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. PTA’s 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



Spaces are limites so Register for this course early at


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November 20, 2018

Medicare payment system is in the midst of a paradigm shift—away from the fee-for-service payment structure, in which providers are rewarded solely by the volume of services provided, and toward a structure that holds providers accountable for patient outcomes and costs. Unfortunately, there are a number of myths about the new payment systems finalized for SNF (the PDPM) and for Home Health (the PDGM), shaping biases and working against the long-term success of these models.


Watch this FREE informative recorded webinar to learn more about the “Reality” of these models. The webinar is recorded via Adobe Connect, so you may need to download the Adobe Connect Application.


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November 15, 2018

Online Registration is now open for the 2019 CEEAA Course Series at

We are pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2019 Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult Course Series. As always, we encourage you to register sooner rather than later as courses are capped at 65-70 registrants. Please note than if you cannot attend all three courses in the same location, the course administrators will need to pre-approve your request prior to registering. 

Provo, UT

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

122 East 1700 South

Provo, UT 84606

March 30-31, 2019

June 1-2, 2019

August 3-4, 2019


South Central Pennsylvania

Lebanon Valley College

101 N College Avenue

Annville, PA 17003

July 20-21, 2019

September 14-15, 2019

November 2-3, 2019


Fort Worth, TX

University of North Texas Health Science Center

3500 Camp Bowie Blvd

Fort Worth, TX 76107

March 9-10, 2019

April 13-14, 2019

May 18-19, 2019


St. Louis Park, MN

Methodist Hospital Auditorium

6500 Excelsior Blvd.

St. Louis Park, MN 55426

October 5-6, 2019

April 25-26, 2020

May 30-31, 2020


Also watch for details for our first Advanced Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult Course for CEEAA Graduates April 6-7, 2019 in Madison, WI and Advances in Exercise for the Older Adult: A 2 Day Lab/Lecture PTA Focus Course specifically designed for the PTA who works with aging adults June 7-8, 2019 in St Paul, MN. Registration details will be posted soon!


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November 12, 2018


Please listen to this audio file form the AGPT Director of Publications and Partnerships Jackie Osborne, PT, DPT 


Click Here to Listen

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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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March 27, 2018

Bone Health SIG 2018 Annual Report:




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