Coginitive Mental Health Special Interest Group

CMH SIG Leadership

The purpose of the CMHSIG shall be to provide a forum and preferred channel for sharing information and resources, and promoting professional networking and advocacy efforts related to cognitive and mental health issues and behaviors in the area of geriatric physical therapy. The CMHSIG will foster the creation and collaboration of relationships among individuals with a common interest in physical therapy for older adults with cognitive and mental health issues and behaviors in order to advance the knowledge and skills of geriatric physical therapy practice. There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved! To participate or learn more about current SIG activities and projects, contact the SIG chair.

Cognitive & Mental Health SIG News

posted: November 20, 2017

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posted: February 20, 2017

The year 2020 is expected to bring 5.7 million people with dementia into our healthcare system. In all areas of healthcare, efforts are underway to improve how our communities can help people affected by dementia. Many of us are identifying and developing areas where we can work more effectively with other medical healthcare professionals to provide better care.

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Case Study #1: Using the FAST to assess complex and basic ADL deficits and
impaired function in people with Alzheimer's dementia.

Case Study #2: Using the PAINAD to assess for pain in people with AND
without dementia.

Case Study#3: Using the Mini-Cog Test to assess for characteristics of
delirium, cognitive decline or dementia.


posted: November 03, 2016

 Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) recently released  "World Alzheimer Report 2016, Improving healthcare for people living with dementia; COVERAGE, QUALITY  AND  COSTS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE".  This document gives us a world view of the issues surrounding healthcare and living with dementia. It discusses the role of primary care, care coordination and case management, acute hospital care, palliative care, care in 7 different countries, and the cost implications of dementia management pathways.

Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is the international federation of Alzheimer associations throughout the world. Each of its 85 members is a nonprofit Alzheimer association supporting people with dementia and their families. ADI's mission is to strengthen and support Alzheimer associations, to raise awareness about dementia worldwide, to make dementia a global health priority, to empower people with dementia and their care partners, and to  increase investment in dementia research.

There remains a great need to further establish the role of the Physical Therapist as a recognized evaluator and care manager of the health needs of people impacted by cognitive and mental health conditions, such as dementia. Future directives should include outcome measurements reflective of evidence based medicine. We challenge Physical Therapists to  become part of the solution to meeting the needs of this growing yet underserved population.

 We received this document from Karen Love, Executive Director of Dementia Action Alliance. The DAA is a volunteer coalition engaged in changing our nation's understanding of attitudes about dementia through serving as a trusted source for conversations, education and advocacy. The Cognitive and Mental Health SIG (with unanimous approval from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Board of Directors) has recently established a partnership with DAA toward this shared goal. Visit for a wealth of information.

Jan Bays and Marissa Cruz, Co-Public Liaisons for the Cognition and Mental Health SIG of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy


Cognitive & Mental Health SIG Member Resources


Dear New CMHSIG Member:

Welcome to the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Cognitive and Mental Health Special Interest Group (CMHSIG)! The purpose of the CMHSIG is to provide a forum through which individuals having a common interest in older adults with dementia and other cognitive-based conditions and mental health issues can learn from each other.

The CMHSIG has a page on the Section on Geriatrics website, shortlink here:, where you will find helpful information. We encourage you to join the Academy listserv, which serves as a discussion forum for PTs and PTAs with an interest in older adults to ask questions and share information. Every post regarding dementia and other cognitive-based conditions and mental health issues will raise awareness in the PT community about these topics, so we encourage you to participate!

The CMHSIG also hosts a business meeting at the Combined Sections Meeting every year in February, which I hope you will consider attending. I will be there this February and warmly encourage you to reach out to me, the other Officers and our many Liaisons. This CMHSIG leadership group represents people, across the United States and in various settings, who are committed to sharing their talents, knowledge and time in order to broadening our collective knowledge of how physical therapy care management services can effectively help people living with cognitive and mental health conditions.

Our society is undergoing another renaissance with regard to healthcare reform. In these turbulent and exciting times, the birth of this SIG in 2014 has been very timely. We have been successful in developing projects in many areas -- see our January 2017 GeriNotes project report for details. If you are interested in volunteering with our SIG, we have Liaison positions open which typically require a 1-2 hour time commitment each quarter. I have found that volunteering my time to our profession has been truly one of the most professionally satisfying experiences of my career to date. Should you decide to volunteer your time with us, know you will have tremendous support and opportunities for professional growth.

We are always looking for ways to hone and expand the scope of our SIG, so please forward any suggestions for programming and CMHSIG activities to me at I look forward to your participation in our CMHSIG! Your ideas are most welcome!


Lise McCarthy, PT, DPT, GCS
CMHSIG Founding Chair

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Research Resources from CMH

Thank you for visiting the research portion of the CMH SIG website!

As the research liaisons, one of our goals is to meet the needs of the members by providing research that would be of interest to you. Please send suggestions regarding topics of interest to the SIG listserv and we will be happy to search for and hopefully find literature about that topic.

Here are some articles that we find interesting and helpful in our understanding of clinical practice in the area of Cognitive and Mental Health.

May 2016 Cognitive and Mental Health Recent Research


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