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Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 update
Section on Geriatrics
Good News! We are extending the deadline to receive contact hours until June 30. Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 will offer the course participant an increased depth of knowledge across several practice dimensions. The course begins with two niche practice areas; working with older adult drivers and older adults who are obese. Readers will understand how physical therapists can have a role in working with older adult drivers, even if we don't work in a setting with special equipment to specifically rehabilitate driving skills. Readers also will be introduced to the growing area of bariatrics across the health care continuum. In addition, there is an update on the role of the physical therapist in prevention of falls; what the latest research tells us and how we, as physical therapists, work with other team members. Readers also will gain insight into how physical therapists are successfully integrating public health in everyday practice and what physical therapists can offer in the public health arena. In the final two monographs, the reader will come away with a sound foundation to prescribe exercise for older adults and integrate the definition of "successful aging" into their practice. What does that mean for you and your practice area?

Educational Credit: 30 contact hours

Topics & Authors:
  1. Physical Therapy Applications for Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers — Cheryl LaFollette Anderson, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS
  2. Bariatric Geriatrics: Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults who are Obese — Michael L. Puthoff, PT, PhD
  3. Fall Prevention — Celinda P. Evitt, PT, Ph.D., GCS
  4. Health Promotions in Geriatric Care: The Collaboration Between Physical Therapy and Public Health — Kathryn K. Brewer, PT, GCS, MEd
  5. Exercise Prescription for Older Adults — Dale Avers, PT, DPT, Ph.D. and Patrick VanBeveren, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, CSCS
  6. Successful Aging: Biopsychosocial and Environmental Implications for Physical Therapist Practice — Mary Thompson, PT, Ph.D., GCS
  7. Exercise Prescription for Older Adults — Dale Avers, PT, DPT, Ph.D. and Patrick VanBeveren, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, CSCS
  8. Successful Aging: Biopsychosocial and Environmental Implications for Physical Therapist Practice — Mary Thompson, PT, Ph.D., GCS
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this home study course the participant will be able to:
  1. Understand the role of the physical therapist when treating the older driver.
  2. Evaluate and formulate treatment strategies including equipment needs for older adults who are obese.
  3. Provide evidence-based falls prevention strategies.
  4. Define the role of physical therapy in public health.
  5. Prescribe exercise to the older adult using evidence-based guiding principles.
  6. Define successful aging and incorporate this definition into physical therapist practice.
To order, please visit the Section Store here.
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Congratulations to Nancy Olson, PTA
Bill Staples, PT, DHS, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, President, Section on Geriatrics, APTA
I want to congratulate Nancy J. Olson, PTA, Section on Geriatrics member, who has met all of the eligibility requirements for the American Physical Therapy Association's Physical Therapist Assistant Recognition of Advanced Proficiency in the Musculoskeletal category.

Recipients of APTA's PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency receive a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency suitable for framing, a lapel pin, and recognition in PT in Motion and on APTA's PTA web page. They will also be recognized during APTA's Honors and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 27 at APTA Conference and Exposition in Salt Lake City.

Meeting these eligibility requirements demonstrates that our Section members are progressing towards advanced knowledge and skill in a chosen area of work. I would like to ask that members who work closely with PTAs consider nominating them for advanced proficiency in geriatrics, musculoskeletal or neuromuscular categories. Details can be found on the APTA website.

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GeriNotes seeks editor
Sections on Geriatrics
The Geriatrics Section seeks an editor for GeriNotes. Duties include publishing six issues of GeriNotes per year; soliciting articles and relevant Section news and publishing practical clinical tips. Please see the full job description here.

Interested parties should send a CV, letter expressing interest and qualifications and your vision for the magazine to Karen Curran. Deadline is June 1. The position will start in late 2013 or early 2014 and the editor does receive an honorarium of $1000 per issue.

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Geriatrics Section is accepting applications for Program Co-Chair
Sections on Geriatrics
Term: Three years
Program Committee Co-Chair
Starting Feb. 6, 2014

As the important responsibilities for overseeing high quality Section education programming and meetings at the Combined Sections Meeting and Annual Conference have grown, our BOD has taken action to institute co-chairs for our Program Committee.

In total, responsibilities for these two individuals include:

Scheduling and coordinating all Section meetings at CSM and Annual Conference; for CSM (including pre-conferences), review of proposals, selection, contracts, handouts, registration, session moderators, food and meeting space; coordination of the Awards Ceremony with the Awards Committee; coordination of the exhibit hall booth with the Membership Committee; related follow-up public relations in GeriNotes; Program Committee budget and related reports to our Board; attendance at BOD meetings at CSM and Annual Conference; both co-chairs attend CSM and related workshops, but only one attends Annual Conference. As part of the training, the incoming co-chair would be involved in e-communications for CSM 2014 but would not have responsibilities for CSM 2014. Travel reimbursement and per diem will be provided.

Interested members should electronically submit a cover letter (describing basis for interest and related skills/experiences) and current resume to Tiffany Hilton, PT, Ph.D.; Program Co-Chair at thilton@ithcac.edu no later than June 3.

The full job description can be found here.

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April Medicare webinar recordings available for purchase
Sections on Geriatrics
The two-part webinar series that was offered in April is now available for sale from the Health Policy and Administration Section. Recordings for both Therapy Claims Based Data Collection of Information Regarding Function and Implementing Data Collection & Reporting Patient Functional Status Using G Codes can be purchased here.
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MoveForwardPT.com update
Katie Kissal, senior web content specialist — Move ForwardPT.com
MoveForwardPT.com is APTA's official consumer information website — designed to support the national Move Forward branding campaign and serve as the "definitive source" of consumer information about physical therapy, in support of a 2005 APTA House of Delegates motion.

You may be aware of the site, but you might not realize how much it has grown in recent years, or where it's headed, or, most importantly, how you can assist its development in service to the profession.

Briefly, here's where we are:
  • The first iteration of MoveFowardPT.com was launched in January 2009. In June 2011 the site was re-launched in its current content framework.
  • Site traffic continues to increase, up to 324,233 visits and 944,886 page views in 2012.
  • The core of the site is the "Symptoms & Conditions" section, which includes more than 60 detailed, physical therapy-specific guides on various topics.
  • The "Symptoms & Conditions" guides are developed by our editorial board, which was established late last year after a national call for volunteers.
  • The site also includes numerous health-and-prevention tips, videos, and online radio/podcast episodes.
Here's where we're going:
  • By the end of the year, we'll publish at least 20 more "Symptoms & Conditions" guides, air approximately 15 more episodes of Move Forward Radio, and develop numerous other tips pages, videos, and informational graphics.
  • In 2014 and beyond, development will continue, as the site remains in a constant state of expansion and improvement.
Here are three crucial ways you can help:
  • You can support our content development by encouraging interested individuals within your section to serve as content authors or expert reviewers, working in conjunction with our editorial board. (Our current board has generously volunteered their services into 2014, but eventually we will need new qualified candidates to fill vacated positions and/or to address content gaps on the site.)
  • You can support our Move Forward Radio show by suggesting topics and guests.
  • You can encourage your section members to promote MoveForwardPT.com to their patients, so that the site can reach new audiences and help extend the brand to consumers. (Patients can also follow MoveForwardPT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.) Links to MoveForwardPT.com from your sites help boost the site's performance in search engine results (Google, etc).
The MoveForwardPT.com site (and the Move Forward brand) can grow only with the support of our members. We want to work with you to develop accurate, compelling, and consumer-friendly resources that make MoveForwardPT.com a trusted source of information among the general public, and that in turn strengthen the public's understanding of and appreciation for the benefits of treatment by a physical therapist.

Please contact Katie Kissal, senior web content specialist, about getting involved, and reach out to me with any questions or feedback.

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CEEAA course series
Visit Section website for added dates, locations and FAQs.

Huntington, W.Va.
Course 2: June 15-16
Course 3: July 20-21
Auburn (Seattle), Wash.
Course 3: Aug. 17-18
Phoenix
Course 1: Nov. 16-17
Course 2: March 22-23
Course 3: May 17-18

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Unsupervised virtual reality-based exercise program improves hip muscle strength and balance control in older adults: A pilot study
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
A study was conducted to assess the effects of an unsupervised virtual reality-based exercise program on hip muscle strength and balance control in older adults. The VR group completed the VR-based exercise program, whereas the remaining subjects in the control group were asked to continue their daily routine for eight weeks. Study participants were ambulatory older adults from a local community.
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PT assistants help keep patients moving
The Houston Chronicle
According to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Outlook, there were 110,000 physical therapy assistant jobs and this number is expected to increase due to the continuing population increase, the aging population and the increasing life expectancy. Michele Voight, PTA, MPA, and program director for the physical therapist assistant program at HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences in the Texas Medical Center, emphasized she has seen the demand continue to grow in her almost three decades in physical therapy. "We're in the top four or five healthcare fields," she said, "and right now demand is high and our graduates are at 100 percent employment when they graduate.
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Past the pain
TodayinPT.com
More than 115 million people nationwide suffer from some kind of long-term pain, according to the Institute of Medicine. Pain is the leading reason people miss work, according to the National Institutes of Health. Addiction to narcotic pain medications has become a national scourge, responsible for more than 16,651 overdose deaths in 2010 alone, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But physical therapy may be able to ease the symptoms that drive people to prescriptions.
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Kaiser: Weak economy is biggest cause of slow growth in health spending
PT in Motion
The nation's recent recession, far more than changes in the healthcare system, is the main cause of slow growth in healthcare spending, says a new study commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation and conducted by the Altarum Institute. Some 77 percent of the recent decline in healthcare spending can be attributed to broader changes in the economy, Kaiser says, with structural changes in the healthcare system "playing a modest role."
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Seniors: Keep fit to lower heart rate, improve balance
The Miami Herald
Regular exercise is important for everybody who wants a stronger heart and overall better health but physical activity is especially important for seniors. Experts recommend regular cardiac workouts to help lower the blood pressure and heart rate. Seniors should consider routines that improve balance and flexibility, strengthen the abdominal core and increase overall muscle mass. Exercise offers another positive benefit for seniors: a reduced risk of depression. Some research, including a 2000 study at Duke University, has found that regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressant drugs in treating depression in elderly patients.
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Study: Many stroke patients don't call 911
HealthDay News
More than one-third of people having a stroke don't call 911, even though that's the fastest route to potentially lifesaving treatment, a new study reports.
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