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February 07, 2017

Congratulations to AGPT Member Margaret Danilovich, DPT, PhD, Instructor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, a recipient of the $40,000 Geriatric Research Grant. Her 2-year project titled, “Implementing a Successful Aging Intervention to Reduce Frailty” will allow physical therapists to be at the forefront of the development and implementation of a self-management intervention for frailty as well as provide the foundation for an intervention designed to facilitate successful aging in the community for frail older adults. This grant is supported by the Foundation’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Fund.
Also, Ann Marie Flores, PT, PhD, CLT, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University was awarded the newly established $40,000 Moffat Geriatric Research Grant. Her 2-year project titled, “Breast Cancer Impairment Knowledge Study” will compare health beliefs about breast cancer-related impairments and PT to treat impairments between breast cancer survivors (BCS) and oncology specialists, assess reasons for and referral patterns to PT to manage impairments by breast cancer oncology specialists, and assess the relationship between oncology specialist priorities of PT referral and self-reported impairments of BCS. This project is funded by the Foundation’s Moffat Fund for Geriatric Research.
The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships. Over the last 37 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 576 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $753 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapist researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation. To learn more, visit

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January 17, 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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January 16, 2017

Please join us in congratulating the following award winners who will be recognized at CSM 2017 in San Antonio at the Member Meeting/Awards Ceremony on the evening of Thursday, February 16th in Hyatt Texas Salon B. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's process.

Clinical Excellence in Geriatrics Award

William Dieter, PT, DPT, GCS

Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award

Celeste Dunlap, PTA

Distinguished Educator Award

Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS

Clinical Educator Award

Grace Ademski, PT, GCS, NCS

Volunteers in Action Community Service Award

Maggie Holt, PT, CEEAA

Outstanding PTA Student Award

Leah Wright, SPTA

Student Research Award

Wesley Farrington, PT, DPT

Adopt-A-Doc  Award

Peter Coyle, PT, DPT

Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS

Fellowship for Geriatric Research

Brian Loyd, PT, DPT

Excellence in Research Award

Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS

“Screening for Cognitive Impairment as a Part of Falls Risk Assessment in Physical Therapist Practice”

Outstanding PT Student Award

Jennifer Webb, SPT

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January 04, 2017

AGPT Audioconference: The New Evaluation Codes for 2017

AGPT Member Free | Non-member $50

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On January 1, 2017 all physical therapists will encounter three new evaluation codes and a new reevaluation code. Are you ready?

Join us for an informative audioconference where the definitions of the new codes will be explained. The session will explain the elements that go into choosing the appropriate evaluation code, and provide recommendations for working through the decision process. Case examples specific to the conditions and impairments encountered by therapists who work with older adults will provide an opportunity to apply the new information.


Learning Objectives

This webinar will focus on key aspects of utilizing an Annual PT Exam for older community dwelling adults and developing an evidence-basedexercise plan designed to change disease trajectory.

  • Case studies will illustrate data application and program development principles.
  • Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify a target older adult audience for an Annual PT Exam and utilize evidence-based selection criteria to support execution of the exam
  • Distinguish between recommended and required data elements of an Annual PT Exam considering time efficiency and ability to modify for individual client needs
  • Filter exam data into a primary exercise category and develop an evidence-based exercise prescription for improving clients’ health and function

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December 19, 2016

 CSM 2017 San Antonio isn’t even here yet and the call is already out for proposal submission for CSM 2018!  Start brainstorming and planning now.  Make connections in San Antonio.  Help us make the AGPT programming in 2018 the best yet!

Submission deadline is March 17, 2017.



Thank You!

Sarah Ross and Mariana Wingood

AGPT Programming Co-Chairs


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November 08, 2016


The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT) Board of Directors unanimously approved the new formation of an International/Global PT Special Interest Group (SIG). The rationale for formation is the hope that this SIG will enable and encourage members to be more aware of physical therapy, its practice in other countries, and hopefully to learn and share with PT’s in other countries. Anyone who is interested in learning about and from our geriatric PT colleagues around the world are welcome to express interest.

The AGPT liaison to the World Confederation of Physical Therapy’s (WCPT) Older People sub-group (IPTOP) will serve as this SIG’s Chairperson. Currently the position is held by Lisa Dehner PT, PhD, CEEAA. If you’re interested in being a part of the new International/Global SIG can contact Lisa directly at

The first steps are to discuss and define the SIG’s goals and objectives. Also, a leadership team is needed including Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  

We will also have a networking and initial meeting at CSM in San Antonio on Friday February 17th from 2-3pm. All are welcome to this meeting. 

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November 02, 2016

Cognitive Issues in Aging
GeriNotes 2016 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 March 31, 2017. 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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October 28, 2016

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Physical Therapy has chosen the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy as recipient of the 2017 Premier Partner in Research Award.

Since 2008, the Foundation has presented this award to a select few organizations who have made generous and long-standing contributions critical to the success of the Foundation and its mission. The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy has continuously been a strong supporter of the Foundation donating over $410,000 to support physical therapy research.

The Board is grateful for the Academy’s ongoing dedication and support to the Foundation and to the profession’s researchers. The Foundation will present this award to the Academy at APTA’s Next Conference & Exposition to be held in Boston in June 2017. 

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September 04, 2016


Important Practice Updates - August 2016

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January 05, 2016

Activity Description

FALLS - Every 13 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department because of a fall. CDC developed the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) Initiative to help providers incorporate fall prevention into clinical practice. The goal is to reduce falls among older adults and to help them remain healthy, active, and independent as long as possible.

CDC created this STEADI: Older Adult Fall Prevention training to give you the tools you need to make fall risk screening, risk factor assessment, and falls interventions part of your clinical practice.

The content is based on established clinical guidelines. You will learn:

• Two easy screening methods to determine a patient’s fall risk

• Three rapid standardized gait, strength and balance assessment tests

• To apply the STEADI algorithm to determine a patient's fall risk level

• To select appropriate evidence-based interventions based on risk level

• To engage your older patients in interventions to reduce their fall risk

Target Audience

Health care providers (physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, etc.) who see adults aged 65 and older in clinical practice. Public health professionals, health education specialists, and others who influence or are involved in clinical practice.

Subject Areas

Falls, hip fracture, injury prevention, geriatrics, older adults, elderly


This course is optimized to run in the most current version of most browsers

(e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11 and newer).

How to Obtain CE

To obtain Continuing Education (CE) for this course, you must register at the Training and Continuing Education website (TCE Online) and complete the requirements for CE.


To register, please follow the following steps:

Go to  Select Participant Login then enter your login name and password. If you are new to TCEO, select New Participant to create an account.

Once logged in, you will be on the Participant Services page; select the Search and Register link.

       Search the keyword STEADI and select View.

       Click on the course name, STEADI: Older Adult Fall

Prevention. Scroll down to Register Here, and select the type of CE requested and Submit.

       Either complete or verify the demographic information page and select

Submit.If you have already completed the course, select the option to take the evaluation. Complete the evaluation and Submit. A posttest will follow the evaluation. Complete and Submit.

If you have not completed the course, you will be directed back to Participant Services.  Under Evaluations and Tests you may access the course detail page, the course link, or the evaluation and/or posttest after completing the course.

Your CE certificate will be located in the Transcript and Certificate section, located on the Participant Services page.

If you have any questions or problems with TCEO, contact CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online at 1-800-41TRAIN (1-800-418-7246) or

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