AGPT NewsBrief
Feb. 20, 2014

CSM winners announced!
Many thanks to the many dedicated members who volunteered at the booth at CSM 2014 in Las Vegas. This year was a great success as every volunteer slot was filled! For each hour volunteered at the booth, members were eligible to be placed in a drawing for one free year of geriatrics membership. This year, the winner is Natalie Weeks-ONeal! Please be sure to sign up for the booth at annual conference, now known as NEXT, in Charlotte, N.C., this June for another chance to win. Also at CSM, the Academy raffled off a handheld dynamometer. Five tickets were available to members, and one ticket to those who stopped by or referred friends to the booth. This year, we received hundreds of entries. We are excited to announce that the winner of the dynamometer is Kristen Luttrell. Congratulations to Kristen on being the lucky winner of this year's raffle. We also congratulate Jill Hackney, Briana Allen, Sherry Roberts and Kristen Luttrell as prize winners of the PR Committee's "Spy" Contest. They were photographed with Academy "spies" and received the most likes on our Facebook page!More

Meeting of interest for Academy members
Join us for the Arthritis State of the Science Meeting. Learn about the current evidence guiding arthritis rehabilitation treatment and be part of the process to set the future research agenda.

Registration deadline for Meeting: March 21. Register now! More

AGPT schedules 'Manual Physical Therapy for the Geriatric Patient'
May 31-June 1, 2014
Kansas City, Mo.

This two day course is designed to give experienced therapists a practical approach to manual therapy interventions for the geriatric patient. The introductory lecture reviews the aging process highlighting musculoskeletal and soft tissue mechanics.

Full details can be found here. More

Name change is official!
Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy
The name change bylaw passed unanimously at the Member’s Meeting at CSM on Feb. 4. We are officially the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and members will be gradually seeing the change over from the Section on Geriatrics name on correspondence and the website, etc.More

New website redesign rolled out
Please visit and see the improvements we have made to the website. The new format is tablet and cellphone friendly and features easier navigation and a fresh new look. Let us know what you think at geriatrics@geriatricspt.orgMore

Seeking stability: PTs and PTAs use Pilates to improve stability post-stroke
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
As a popular way to build strength and endurance, Pilates has many fans. Yet beyond the musculoskeletal implications, it also correlates to neurological rehabilitation. Some physical therapists have found it to be an effective additional tool when treating patients who have experienced a stroke.More

Bill to end SGR lacks language on therapy cap
PT in Motion
A bipartisan, bicameral proposal unveiled Feb. 6 would end Medicare's flawed sustainable growth rate formula but it does not contain any language around the therapy cap. APTA's advocacy team is now encouraging grassroots efforts to turn legislators' attention to extenders such as the therapy cap for inclusion in the final bill.More

Could a robot physical therapist upend stroke-recovery research?
Popular Mechanics
Drug companies are fleeing the field of stroke research. Over the past decade, hundreds of potential stroke medications have raised hopes and gobbled up funds, only to fail spectacularly in clinical trials. Stroke is on the rise, but scientists struggle to lure pharmaceutical giants back into the risky market for cerebrovascular drugs. The solution, strangely enough, might be a robot.More

Posture and exercise: Key points for reducing neck and back pain in the sedentary worker
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Many people who sit for long periods of time have complaints of neck and back pain. Since gravity is constantly pulling down on our bodies, causing muscle imbalances throughout the neck and back, it's not hard to understand why people complain of discomfort. Fortunately, there are methods for preventing discomfort in the sedentary working class. Educating your patients on proper sitting technique, simple exercises that can be performed in the workplace and the correct ergonomic workstation setup can prevent or alleviate the majority of musculoskeletal ailments common for those who sit for long periods at a desk or computer.More