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The goals of the Global Health for Aging Adults SIG are to increase awareness of the practice of physical therapy across the globe, advance PT practice globally, encourage international clinician and student activities, and facilitate global partnerships.

The SIG was approved in July 2016 and is seeking AGPT members to help further develop the existing goals and make them actionable. Please contact the SIG Chairperson via email or click the link on the left to sign-up for this SIG.

The ex officio Chairperson of the Global Health for Aging Adults SIG is the appointed Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT) liaison to the International Association of Physical Therapists Working with Older People (IPTOP).

IPTOP
AGPT is a founding member of this international group which was officially recognized as a sub-group of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy in 2003. A US liaison, appointed by AGPT for a 4-year term, acts as a voting delegate at official IPTOP meetings.

Since its inception membership has grown rapidly and by the WCPT Congress in 2011, included groups from 18 WCPT member organizations representing over 8,000 physical therapists. The efforts of the Association are directed towards enabling national organizations and their individual members to work with older people through research, evidence based practice, clinical specialization and collaborative practice with other disciplines and careers. The intention of the association is to be the international resource for physical therapists working with older people.

  • To foster collaboration between physical therapists working with older people throughout the world.
  • To encourage high standards of physical therapy practice with older people.
  • To advance practice by communication and exchange of information
  • To encourage scientific research and promote opportunities for the spread of knowledge of new developments in the field.
  • To assist WCPT member organizations in the formation and development of recognized groups working with older people

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.

This new Global Health for Aging Adults SIG does not replace the work of the WCPT sub-group, IPTOP. Rather, it supports the work of that group from the US perspective. It also allows more US AGPT members to be involved in International/Global PT issues. Additionally, there may be goals outside those of IPTOP that are important to US geriatric PTs.

 

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.
 

Global Health for Aging Adults SIG News

 
posted: November 20, 2017

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Global Health for Aging Adults SIG Member Resources


IPTOP Standards of Practice

Standards of Clinical Practice Published Part of IPTOP's Mission Statement involves furthering its members' ability to provide best practice physical therapy when examining/assessing and providing interventions/treatments to older people and to advocate for optimal aging. To that end, a standards of clinical practice document has arisen from a need to help members achieve the IPTOP aim of "...encouraging high standards of physical therapy practice with older people."

The Standards of Clinical Practice can be used as:

  • A guide for physical therapists when promoting the needs and interests of older people in broader contexts
  • Guidance for the physical therapist clinician to use during their period of clinical intervention/treatment with an older person
  • As an educational tool for senior staff when teaching junior staff and students about the management of the older person

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