Global Health for Aging Adults  Special Interest Group

GHAA SIG Leadership

February 2020: The GHAA Officers at work during APTA's Combined Sections Meeting in Denver, CO. (Left to Right: Joseph Siu, Rick Black, Jennifer Howanitz, and Soshi Samejima.


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Hello! Hola! Bonjou! for visiting The APTA Geriatrics Global Health for Aging Adults Special Interest Group (GHAA SIG) page!

The goals of the GHAA 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. Our SIG is dedicated to enhancing health and well-being of old adults through networking and collaboration among geriatric PTs and researchers of various countries.

The year of 2020 has seen growth in our SIG in both organization and number of SIG members. Your participation and involvement are especially critical to continue the growth in 2021. As the leadership team, we listen to your voice, and collaborate with all GHAA SIG members. Please contact us and share your ideas and experiences. We have several key SIG activities and projects for 2021 waiting for you to make a difference in global health for older adults.
2021 Projects:

  • Develop a Journal Club committee for the GHAA SIG as a part of APTA Geriatrics
  • Senior Athletics Around the Globe
  • Develop Global Health for Aging Adults Quarterly Newsletter
  • Solicit Educational Sessions for CSM 2023

Please continue to check the webpage as new information is added regularly.

Thank you for being a member of GHAA SIG.

Stay well and be in touch,
GHAA SIG Leadership Team


Global Health for Aging Adults SIG Events

APTA Geriatrics March 2021 Journal Club - Originally presented March 16, 2021

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Global Health for Aging Adults SIG News

posted: February 17, 2021


Health Volunteers Overseas, a nonprofit organization that strives to improve global health through the education of the local health workforce in resource-challenged countries, is working with Innovaciones Medicas, a privately owned company, to identify qualified physical therapists to provide online lectures in Spanish. 

Approved volunteers will work with the Project Director and Onsite Coordinators to identify specific objectives and develop learning modules. Volunteers will provide continuing education workshops remotely on a variety of clinical and professional development topics. These workshops are for Guatemalan physical therapists, PT students, and PT educators. Lectures are an hour-long with an additional 15 to 20 minutes included for questions. 

Interested volunteers who have not completed an overseas assignment with HVO in the past three years should complete an HVO volunteer application indicating their interest in the Guatemala physical therapy e-learning opportunity.  

Interested volunteers who have completed an HVO assignment in the past three years may reach out to Lauren Franklin, at for more information.  

posted: January 05, 2021

Armenians in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) experienced a brutal war on their ancestral homelands threatening their existence in a genocidal effort. As a result, we have thousands of wounded soldiers and civilians. We are shocked to learn that rehab centers and systems are not available in Armenia! The Armenian American Sports Medicine Coalition is working on establishing tele-physical therapy visits and is in dire need of volunteers. Might you or someone in your PT (or OT) network of colleagues be interested in this global aid initiative? Please reach out to Rosalynn M. Nazarian, MD at

In addition, the Ministry of Health in Armenia has also communicated a need for on-the-ground physical therapy volunteers. Dr. Nazarian can assist with sponsorship of an interested individual by a local non-profit organization. Interested candidates may send a CV and their available duration/timing for the proposed mission.



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 current work plan was presented to the members of the SIG at CSM 2020 and approved.

SIG 2020 Work Plan

  • Develop and implement projects in all parts of the world to enhance health and well being of older adults.
  • To facilitate networking and colloboration between geriatric PTs of various countries.
  • Facilitate colloboration among geriatric physical therapists and researchers to address significant health care issues in the US and abroad.

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.


Volunteer Opportunities For PTs

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) improves the availability and quality of health care through the education, training, and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO has many short-term volunteer opportunities for physical therapists.
Twitter -  @HVOUSA
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Community Coalition for Haiti (CCH) is a faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is to transform lives, one by one, through long term and community driven solutions in healthcare, education and community development.

Medical Bridges' mission is to bridge the health care gap worldwide by procuring and distributing medical equipment and supplies to underserved communities.
Twitter @MedicalBridges


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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