AGPT NewsBrief
Jul. 24, 2014

Academy seeks CEEAA course administrator or co-administrators

Must be a member of the AGPT and be certified as a CEEAA. Must maintain a working email address in APTA's database.

The CEEAA Administrator(s) will be compensated for services. Please contact the Academy Office at for more information.More

AGPT members may qualify for funding: 2 foundations fund Practice Change Leaders Program
Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health is a national program designed to develop, support and expand the influence of organizational leaders who are committed to achieving transformative improvements in care for older adults.

The program is jointly supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Each foundation contributes $500,000 per year over a three-year time period.

Developing leadership capacity has been a core investment strategy for both the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The Practice Change Leaders program was conceived as an investment in "human capital" with long-term dividends aimed at preparing and positioning geriatric experts to improve care of older adults across the continuum of healthcare settings. Both foundations recognized the need to equip emerging health care leaders with the unique skills and knowledge needed to transform the healthcare delivery system. And, since the program's launch in 2007, mentoring has been viewed as a key element in the development of leaders to help address real-world financial, regulatory or operations-level obstacles within a rapidly changing healthcare environment. The intended outcomes of the program are twofold: (1) develop effective leaders who champion high-quality care and promote a prominent role for older adults in defining the type, intensity and setting of care they choose to receive; and (2) improve the organization and delivery of health and healthcare services to older adults.

The application deadline for the 2015 cohort is 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 27. Up to 10 awards will be made. Those interested in learning more may visit, where the program is described in more detail. Prospective applicants are encouraged to join one or more informal informational calls (the dates and times are also found on that website). The Call for Applications is here. More

AGPT member requests survey assistance
My name is Kristen Karnish and I am a doctoral student candidate at The Pennsylvania State University. I am conducting a study for my dissertation titled: "Examination of Physical Therapists Understanding of Geriatric Patient Advocacy." This study has been approved by Penn State IRB. You are being invited to participate in this exploratory research if you are a physical therapist who works with geriatric patients in any healthcare setting. The purpose of my study is to examine physical therapists' knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of patient advocacy for geriatric patients. Your participation in this study will include completion of an online survey which will take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time.

I am very interested in gaining a better understanding of this topic and your participation is instrumental to this task. To participate, please click here, which will connect you to the online survey. If you know of another geriatric physical therapist who may be interested in participating in this survey, please forward the link. Your feedback is requested by Aug. 31. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact me at Thank you very much for your invaluable contribution to this project.

Kristen Karnish, PT, MPH, GCS More

Member feedback sought on the new vision by Aug. 11
The APTA Board of Directors is in the process of aligning the APTA Strategic Plan 2015 and beyond with the new vision statement and is requesting APTA member feedback by Aug. 11. Please review the guiding principles and then take a few minutes to complete the online feedback form. Questions may be directed to

Older adults walking out of necessity have increased risk of falls
Physical Therapy Products
A new study shows that when walking for utilitarian purposes, such as shopping and appointments, older adults are at an increased risk of falling than when walking for recreation. Dr. Wenjun Li, lead author of the study, says, "Older adults have two times the risk of falling while walking out of necessity than walking for recreation, and four times greater risk of injury from a fall on a sidewalk than in a recreational area." More

Massage for neck pain: Is dosage the key?
By Heidi Dawson
Massage therapy has been used in many forms for centuries to treat musculoskeletal pain. In our current society, neck pain is the second-most common complaint treated by most forms of complementary therapists. However, despite masses of anecdotal evidence, research has failed to demonstrate the efficacy of massage therapy when it comes to treating such conditions. The reason given for this lack of supporting evidence will often depend on who you talk to. So, who is right? Well, a new piece of research could answer the question once and for all.More

Telecare approach improves chronic musculoskeletal pain management
The Medical News
A collaborative care approach delivered by telephone is effective for managing chronic musculoskeletal pain, show findings from the Stepped Care to Optimize Pain Care Effectiveness study. Patients who received the intervention, which involves automated symptom monitoring along with an algorithm-guided stepped care approach to optimizing analgesics, were twice as likely as those receiving usual care from their primary physician to experience at least a 30 percent improvement in their pain score by 12 months.More

Study: Even mild concussions can cause thinking, memory problems
HealthDay News
A mild or moderate concussion may have longer-lasting consequences than previously realized, a new study suggests. By comparing brain imaging studies and thinking tests between healthy people and those with relatively minor concussions, the researchers found that the recovery of thinking skills can take a long time. Minor concussions can be caused by events such as falling off a bike, being in a slow-speed car crash or being hit in a fist fight.More

Specialized equipment helps patients harness the power of neuroplasticity
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
It is an exciting time in the field of rehabilitation. For people who have sustained a neurological injury such as a stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, there is now hope for regaining the ability to ambulate and sometimes even achieving a full recovery. In the past, a neurological injury was viewed as irreversible, and rehabilitation was focused on helping patients adapt and compensate. Now we know that partial or full recovery is possible and can be achieved even many months following injury.More

Hazards tied to medical records rush
The Boston Globe
Academics, policy gurus, healthcare leaders and patient safety advocates generally agree that the American medical system has long needed to abandon its old paper charts and catch up with the rest of the digital age. For instance, wider use of bar-coding in hospitals, matching patient wristbands with the drugs they are given, is creating a safer environment, specialists say. But the scramble by doctors and hospitals to cash in on the incentives has thrust complex, balky, unwieldy and error-prone computer systems into highly sensitive clinical settings at a record pace.More