AGPT NewsBrief
Jan. 8, 2015

AGPT bylaw changes to be voted on at CSM
AGPT
The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy's Bylaws Task Force is submitting proposals to modify and update the Academy Bylaws. The bylaws were updated in February 2014 with our new name and the last comprehensive review occurred in 2006. Any changes to the bylaws require membership to receive at least 30 days' prior notice to voting on the changes. These proposed changes will be discussed and voted upon at the Member Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at CSM in Indianapolis and require a two-thirds majority vote.

Please view the proposed changes to the bylaws here.

The changes include the following concepts:

  1. The Academy Bylaws were reviewed for consistency with the new Articles of Incorporation and consistency with current Academy practice.
  2. Removal of a member of the BOD was added based upon the recommendation of an external reviewer of the Academy bylaws and to be consistent with rules for non-profit agencies incorporated Virginia.
  3. Article VII, Section 1: Directors were changed to Directors at Large to avoid confusion with umbrella term "Directors."
  4. A major addition to the Bylaws is a section on voting asynchronously. The language in Article VII, Section 6 is necessary to make us in compliance with Roberts Rules.
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Geriatric residency program receives accreditation
AGPT
The Creighton University-Hillcrest Geriatric Residency program in Omaha, Nebraska, recently successfully achieved accreditation as a geriatric residency program. The program is credentialed through Dec. 31, 2019. Please join us in congratulating AGPT member Lisa Black, PT, DPT for this excellent achievement. More

CEEAA registration available in New Hampshire and California in 2015
AGPT
All PTs with the CEEAA credential will demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in (1) designing and applying an effective examination and exercise prescription and (2) measuring the effectiveness and reflecting the current evidence of exercise for all aging adults. The process to attain the credential of "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" is to complete formal didactic education and to participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection and critical thinking. Three courses of two days each will address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery. The three courses are designed to build on each other; however, Courses 1 and 2 can be taken out of sequence.

Manchester, New Hampshire, dates are:
Course 1: April 11-12
Course 2: June 13-14
Course 3: Sept. 12-13
All courses will be held at Franklin Pierce University in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Laguna Hills, California, dates are:
Course 1: March 7-8, 2015
Course 2: April 18-19, 2015
Course 3: Aug. 1-2, 2015
All courses will be held at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, California.

We hope to announce a Midwest location soon. For registration information, please go here. More

Push Pin Changers now available from AGPT!
AGPT
Made from sturdy, yet flexible plastic, the Push Pin Changer slides over the index finger and features a nub that presses down on push pins for easy, pain-free adjustment of healthcare accessories.

Comfortable to use for either hand, it relieves pressure on fingers and hands when adjusting the push pin settings of canes, crutches walkers and more. Recommended for PTs, PTAs, OTs, rehab specialists nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Measures approximately 1" x 1" — One size fits most

FREE shipping! The Push Pin Changer can be ordered through the AGPT store.More

What really solves knee pain? The answer might surprise you
NBC News
The pill most often prescribed for knee pain — acetaminophen — may not help at all, researchers report. The new study of what works for arthritis pain in the knee came up with some surprising results. The most common treatments often may not help much, and even a placebo injection of salt water provides more pain relief than any pill. More

Stroke falls 1 place to 5th leading cause of death in US
Medical News Today
Stroke has dropped one place in the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S., becoming the fifth leading cause of death during 2013, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Stroke has swapped positions with unintentional injuries in the list, which killed 1,579 more people than stroke in 2013. More

Exercise may benefit patients with Parkinson's disease, study says
Physical Therapy Products
Exercise may assist patients with Parkinson's disease in improving their balance, ability to move around and quality of life, even if their fall risk is not reduced, study results say. The results yield from a recent study appearing in Neurology. The study encompassed a total of 231 individuals with PD who had either received their usual care or took part in an exercise program of 40 to 60 minutes of balance and leg strengthening exercises three times a week for six months. More

Safer work practices needed in physical therapy
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
The Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers data on injuries related to occupational health every year. They categorize injuries by type, cause, occupational group and severity, and provide annual reports of nationalized data. Healthcare workers, including physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, consistently rank in the top 10 of all industries for work-related musculoskeletal injuries. More

Aging population care among top health issues to watch in 2015
CNN
After an incredibly busy 2014, during which health stories like Ebola, new food nutrition label rules and the debate about the right to die sparked by Brittany Maynard dominated the headlines, it's now worth looking at what we may be covering in the next 12 months. So, in no particular order, here's are the nine big health stories to watch for, and the questions they will likely raise, in 2015. More

Needed: More research on physical therapy's impact on venous leg ulcers
PT in Motion
There may be many reasons to believe that physical therapy can improve wound healing and quality of life for individuals with venous leg ulcers, but more research is needed before definitive conclusions can be reached, according to a recent systematic review published in JAMA. More

App aims to help coordinate elder care communications
TechCrunch
As the U.S. population ages, more technology is coming online to help manage care for the elderly, a group long neglected by the tech sector. Among the many apps that are dealing with aging and healthcare is Caremerge, which aims to provide unified communications between family members, doctors and other designated caregivers about the health of older patients.More