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Active Aging Week, Sept. 22-28: Discover your community
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Help promote active aging in your community. Join SOG's partner, the International Council on Aging and over 3,000 other supporting organizations in promoting wellness through activity. Help organize an event that is fun and educational with members of your local aging community. You can find ideas and resources (fact sheets, planning guides, sample programs) on the ICAA Active Aging Week website at http://www.icaa.cc/aaw.htm.
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National Falls Day is Sept. 22
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Check out resources on the Section's Balance and Falls Special Interest Group webpage at http://www.geriatricspt.org/special-interest-groups/balance-falls/sig-bf.cfm.
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Looking for past GeriNotes issues
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The Section Office has been busy archiving past issues of GeriNotes from the beginning of its publication. We have discovered that some older issues are missing. If you have any of the following issues and wish to donate them to the Section Office, we would be very grateful! Issues we are in need of are summer and fall 1979; all issues from 1980; summer and fall issues from 1981 and 1982; summer issue of 1983; Volumes 3-4 from 1986; Volume 4 from 1989; Volumes 2-4 from 1993; Volumes 3-4 from 1994 and Volume 5 from 1999.
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Section election scheduled for Oct. 1-31
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As in previous years, the Section on Geriatrics election will be online and take place Oct. 1-31. Please watch your email and www.geriatricspt.org for more details. PTs and PTAs, if we don't have your email address or you if you have requested not to receive emails from the Section, you will need to contact karen.curran@geriatricspt.org if you would like a paper ballot. Those elected will take office at CSM in January of 2014.
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Section on Geriatrics product spotlight
Consumer PowerPoint presentation: 'From Frail to Fun'

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The SOG offers members many educational/instructional information and tools. Each month we would like to spotlight one that is available and that members might not know about. In September, we highlight a free member resource, the consumer PowerPoint presentation "From Frail to Fun." The presentation was developed by the Section's Exercise Task Force and can be found here: http://www.geriatricspt.org/members/library.cfm. You may want to also use the Section's consumer brochures, or the APTA's consumer brochures, to hand out when you make your presentation.
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It's time to start thinking about Section awards!
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Student Research Award
Clinical Educator Award
Fellowship for Geriatric Research
Excellence in Geriatric Research Award
Adopt-A-Doc Award
Clinical Excellence In Geriatrics Award
Distinguished Educator Award
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award
Lynn Phillippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award
Volunteers in Action Community Service Award
Joan Mills Award

Nominations are due Nov. 1 and all awards will be presented at the Section Membership Meeting at CSM in January 2014. For additional information on the criteria and selection process for section awards, please visit the Section on Geriatrics website at www.geriatricspt.org or email karen.curran@geriatricspt.org.


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INDUSTRY NEWS


Putting the best foot forward: ICD-10, interoperability and you
By Charlotte Bohnett
With everyone who's covered under HIPAA preparing to transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 14, 2014, there's a lot of information out there on the both the positive and less-than-positive aspects of the change. One of the main benefits that the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, World Health Organization and other healthcare organizations are citing about the new diagnosis codes is improved interoperability — quite the innovative concept. Outside of these massive government groups, though, folks have their reservations.
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5 myths: Aquatics for the cardiopulmonary patient
ADVANCE
It may not be a question for the ages, but it is an important question to ask. Is aquatic exercise safe for my patient with COPD, CHF, MI or other cardiopulmonary disorders? There are 5 prevalent myths that have edged into the collective medical psyche and which must be tackled in order to suss out the truth. In order to do so, it is important to first understand what happens when a person stands immersed in water, before placing a single limb in motion.
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New bill allows Californians to directly access physical therapist services
News-Medical.net
California's Senate passed AB 1000 (Wieckowski/Maienschein) to allow Californians to directly access physical therapist services. The bill passed off the Senate Floor and now goes back to the Assembly to approve amendments before heading to the Governor's desk.
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Physical therapists play key rehab role
Houston Chronicle
Physical therapy, one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country, is gaining demand thanks to an aging population that is much more active than previous generations. While they suffer the same ailments and setbacks as those before them, baby boomers are able to heal and return to their activities more quickly with the assistance of physical therapists, or PTs.
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5 truths about the doctor of physical therapy
PutMeBackTogether.com
Paul Killoran writes, "Ultimately, I don't anticipate everyone to hold hands and agree on all talking points, but there certainly seems to be a distinct 'Jets vs Sharks' rift in our physical therapy profession. That seems to be focused primarily on the DPT, at least the majority of the feedback focused on my assertions regarding my DPT." Here, he offers five truths about the physical therapy profession in the DPT debate.
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Adopting a multidimensional individualized approach to plantar fasciitis treatment
By Heidi Dawson
Plantar fasciitis is thought to affect around 10 percent of people at some point in their lifetime. For such a prevalent condition, we really should have its treatment down to a fine art by now, shouldn't we? But this really isn't the case. There are many forms of treatment out there that have all been used in attempts to cure the condition, but so far there is no one treatment that has demonstrated consistently good results. And therein lies the problem.
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