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April 12, 2018

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Maximum Geriatric Research Grant (GRG) amount is $40,000. Funds are available for research done in U.S. institutions only. GRG funds may be used in support of salary, fringe benefits and direct expenses.

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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!

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April 06, 2018

Each year APTA honors outstanding achievements on the part of its members in the areas of overall accomplishment, education, practice and service, publications, research, and academic excellence. Award recipients are recognized in June with a ceremony and reception at NEXT Conference & Exposition.

Please join us in congratulating the following AGPT Members who have been recognized by APTA's Honors and Awards Program. We are so proud of all of you!

Cathy Ciolek, PT, DPT, GCS, FAPTA/Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA

Gregory Hicks, PT, PhD, FAPTA/Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA

Carmen Cooper-Oguz, PT, DPT, MBA, CWS, WCC/Lucy Blair Service Award

Jill Heitzman, PT, DPT, CWS, GCS, NCS/Lucy Blair Service Award

Jake Jakubiak Kovacek, PT/Lucy Blair Service Award

Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, GCS/Lucy Blair Service Award

Ronald Barredo, PT, DPT, EdD/Lucy Blair Service Award

Martha Eastlack, PT, PhD/Lucy Blair Service Award

Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, GCS, NCS/Lucy Blair Service Award

James Smith, PT, DPT, MA/Lucy Blair Service Award

Amy Smith, PTA/Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award

Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS/Margaret L Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Physical Therapy Faculty Member

Patricia Kluding, PT/Jack Walker Award

David Sinacore, PT, PhD, FAPTA/Jack Walker Award

Robin Marcus, PT, PhD, OCS/Jack Walker Award

Manoah Carrel, SPTA/McMillan Scholarship Award for Student Physical Therapist Assistants

Kyongho Pak, SPTA/Minority Scholarship Award for Student Physical Therapist Assistants



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April 02, 2018

Congratulations to all of our 2018 award winners and a big thank you to our outgoing volunteers and newly installed officers!

See for some great moments from CSM.

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March 27, 2018

Bone Health SIG 2018 Annual Report:




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March 26, 2018

We currently have a volunteer opening for Awards Chair.  The chair oversees the development and granting of various AGPT awards to celebrate excellence in physical therapy for aging adults. Main duties include soliciting nominations for awards, working with the awards committee to select recipients by the established deadline in an objective manner and coordinating and emceeing the awards ceremony at the annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). Some funding is available for travel to CSM. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and qualifications to by April 30, 2018.

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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 22, 2018

Beginning in April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be mailing all Medicare beneficiaries new Medicare cards that remove their social security numbers.

The change is intended to prevent fraud and identity theft.

CMS will be mailing the new cards in waves between April and June 2018. You can find out when your state will receive its cards here:

CMS has created an informational page for providers explaining what they need to do to get ready. You can visit the page at


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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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March 13, 2018

The CDC has a new publication that examines the significant medical cost associated with Falls among Older Adults. It is titled:The Medical Costs of Fatal and Nonfatal Falls among Older Adultsand it is published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. The study found that in 2015, total medical costs to treat older adult falls exceeded $50 billion. Of this total amount, medical costs for fatal falls accounted for $750 million. For nonfatal falls, Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of the financial burden of medical costs, which totaled $38 billion for the two programs. Medicare spent approximately $29 billion on falls (constituting 6 percent of all Medicare spending for older adults). Medicaid spent $9 billion on falls (8 percent of all Medicaid spending for older adults). Fall-related expenses for private and other payers totaled $12 billion (5 percent of their total older adult spending).

This new study is the first to calculate the annual economic burden paid by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance/out of pocket payers. Using this new methodology, CDC will update falls medical spending estimates on a regular basis and they are asking clinicians to continue their collaboration in decreasing falls and fall risk.

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March 09, 2018

Watch the March 2018 AGPT Fireside Chat with AGPT President  and Vice President

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November 01, 2017

Orthopedic Issues in Aging
GeriNotes 2017 CE Online Exam

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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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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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