|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.
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
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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 www.abpts.org for application procedures. More information on exam preparation can be found on the academy's website through this link: http://www.geriatricspt.org/about-section-on-geriatrics/geriatric-certified-specialist/index.cfm.
A GCS Resource list that is updated annually is also available at
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