AGPT NewsBrief
Jun. 26, 2014

Journal of Physical Therapy Education special issue shared with AGPT members
The Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Issue 2, 2014, is a special issue on education to improve practice for older adults. We are very pleased to share this issue with the members of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Each day we hear more about the impact of the healthcare needs of older adults in America on costs and access to health care for us all. Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers, was fond of reminding us that, "By the year 2020, the year of perfect vision, the old will outnumber the young." The editorial board of JOPTE determined that this presented an important topic for our special issue: What do we need to know about aging, the impact of aging on healthcare and the best ways to help physical therapists and physical therapists learn how to provide the needed care for an aging population. We were fortunate to have two outstanding leaders in geriatric physical therapy, John Barr and Rita Wong, agree to be the guest editors for this issue. They, in turn, recruited others to join them in writing two Expert Perspectives, one on the healthcare delivery issues related to care of older adults (Guccione, Frost, and Wong) and one on the workforce necessary for this care (Wong, Odom, and Barr).

The issue includes seven more articles, all exemplifying ways that geriatric care is being emphasized in the curriculum. The first five articles provide examples of incorporating direct contact with aging adults as part of the teaching strategy. These encounters take place in the classroom, the clinic and the community, all demonstrating the strength of active, engaged learning (Avers; Mercer, et al; Nowakowski, Kaufman and Pelletier; Palombaro, Campbell, and Black; Reicherter and Waller. The sixth article, by Ruckert, Plank, and Maring, provides an excellent guide to developing curricular content that is both learner centered and patient centered. This model can be used beyond geriatric content. Finally, Wedge, Mendoza and Reft offer an example of curricular content for the PTA. We know you will find all of these articles to be of use as you develop your curricula to meet this challenge!

To access this issue, download here.

We also thank the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy for allowing us to reprint the Essential Competencies in the Care of Older Adults at the Completion of the Entry-Level Physical Therapist Professional Program of Study. These competencies were used by the authors in this special issue to help guide their work.

JOPTE co-editors
Jan Gwyer, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Laurita Hack, PT, DPT, PhD, MBA, FAPTAMore

AGPT members receive APTA Foundation scholarships
The Foundation for Physical Therapy Board of Trustees recently awarded a total of $250,500 in Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I & II Scholarships and a New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative (NIFTI) to 16 physical therapists. "The level of excellence of our scholarship and fellowship applications continues to grow," said Foundation Board of Trustees Chair William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT. "The Foundation is proud to support such outstanding physical therapists as they begin their research careers." Congratulations to 2014 PODS II Scholarship recipients Sarah Gilliland, Andrew Kittelson and Miriam Rafferty.More

National Council on Aging offers basic training modules on evidence-based health promotion programs for older adults
See more here.More

GCS examination update
Friendly reminder from the AGPT Practice Committee for those who are planning to take the Geriatric Certification Examination in March 2015. The application deadlines are July 31 for certification and Aug. 31 for reapplication. Please visit for application procedures. More information on exam preparation can be found on the academy's website through this link:

A GCS Resource list that is updated annually is also available at

How a smartphone could prevent falls
Medical News Today
Every year, 1 in 3 adults aged 65 and over in the U.S. experiences a fall. In 2010 alone, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults resulted in emergency department visits, and 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized. But a study by researchers from Purdue University details how a smartphone could prevent falls from occurring.More

The anatomy and movement patterns of shoulder impingement syndrome
By Heidi Dawson
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Too many questions could decrease value of patient surveys
PT in Motion
When it comes to getting an accurate take on patient experience with physical therapy, it may be a matter of the less asked, the better. That's one of the conclusions reached in a Norwegian study that analyzed physical therapist patient surveys to find out whether a lengthy multidimension instrument could be simplified. Researchers used factor analysis to study results from a 41-item survey administered to 2,221 patients from 52 physical therapy practices, and found that more than a third of the questions did not yield meaningful results. More

Laser focus for arthritis
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
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Study: 6,000 steps a day keeps knee OA limitations away
Today in PT
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Report diagnoses 4 types of EHR patient safety problems
MedCity News
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Diet high in protein may lower stroke risk
Physical Therapy Products
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