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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 06, 2018

The Global Health for Aging Adults (GHAA) SIG met at CSM this year to finalize our purpose and objectives and to start moving forward towards meeting them.

PURPOSE: To bring together physical therapists from across the world to share ideas and collaborate to improve the health and participation of aging adults.

OBJECTIVES

 1. To support the goals of the International Association of Physical Therapists Working with Older People (IPTOP).

2. To support the goals of the WHO Rehab 2030 Initiative.

3. To facilitate networking and collaboration between geriatric Physical Therapists of various countries. 4. To encourage awareness of the education and practice of geriatric physical therapy in other countries. 5. To develop and implement projects to enhance the global health and wellbeing of older adults everywhere.

 6. Facilitate collaborations among clinicians and researchers to address current significant health care issues from a scientific perspective in the United States and abroad.

7. Provide global rehabilitation opportunities for clinicians in the United States and abroad to eliminate disparity of health care and social condition in elderly people in developing countries.

 

The GHAA SIG is an independent group within the AGPT but also maintains a link with our partner group, the International association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP), a subgroup of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). By having the Chair of GHAA be the AGPT liaison to IPTOP allows seamless communication regarding the practice of geriatric physical therapy internationally. However, both groups are independent of each other, and AGPT members are welcome and encouraged to participate in either group (or both!).

The AGPT pays dues to IPTOP so that all members can benefit from the work of IPTOP. In addition to working toward our objectives, the GHAA is also looking for anyone with interest in writing about their international/global health experiences for GeriNotes as well as members who are interested in helping to facilitate a GHAA journal club.

Submitted 10.2018

 
posted: April 15, 2018

WCPT DOVES is a searchable database of people who have offered to volunteer their services to help develop the physical therapy profession internationally through support for WCPT member organisations and other organisations/institutes with which WCPT collaborates.

Visit https://www.wcpt.org/doves to find out more and register to be a DOVE.

 

 

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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