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AGPT member achieves Geriatric Residency accreditation
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UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Geriatric Residency program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, recently successfully achieved accreditation as a geriatric residency program. The program is credentialed through Sept. 30, 2019. Please join us in congratulating AGPT member Missy Criss, PT, DPT, GCS for this excellent achievement.
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It's not too early to think about nominating your AGPT peers for an award!
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Please go here for info on nominating a worthy PT, PTA or PT/PTA student for an AGPT Award. The deadline is Nov. 1, and awards will be presented at the Member's Meeting at CSM 2015.
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CMS registration is open!
ATPA
CSM 2015 will bring together more than 10,000 physical therapy professionals from around the nation for several stimulating days of exceptional programming, networking opportunities and an exhibit hall filled with products and services in Indianapolis. Here's an overview:

A Simple Schedule
Sessions will begin and end at the same time each day to allow for better session planning. There will be ample time between each session block for attendees to arrive at their next scheduled session.
Tuesday, Feb. 3 and Wednesday, Feb. 4 (preconference courses)
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 5 through Saturday, Feb. 7 (education sessions)
8 to 10 a.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3 to 5 p.m.
CSM programming and APTA sponsored evening events will occur at three locations in downtown Indianapolis — Indiana Convention Center, JW Marriott and The Westin Indianapolis. To register and for more info, please go here.

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AGPT members: Sign up and receive updates for our newest SIGs!
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Please go here to join the Academy's newest Special Interest Groups: The Cognitive and Mental Health SIG and the Residency/Fellowship SIG. The purpose of the CMHSIG shall be to provide a forum and preferred channel for sharing information and resources, and promoting professional networking and advocacy efforts related to cognitive and mental health issues and behaviors in the area of geriatric physical therapy. The CMHSIG will foster the creation and collaboration of relationships among individuals with a common interest in physical therapy for older adults with cognitive and mental health issues and behaviors in order to advance the knowledge and skills of geriatric physical therapy practice. There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved!

In fostering the development and growth of geriatric residency and fellowship programs, the AGPT has approved a new SIG: the Residency and Fellowship SIG. This new SIG will allow greater participation among ALL parties interested in residency/fellowship education; including those engaged in existing programs (both faculty and participants) and those interested in developing new programs. Furthermore, students and others interested in becoming a resident should become members of the SIG for networking purposes. The Residency/Fellowship SIG will allow for increased member participation and potentially have a much greater impact on the development of new and larger programs. There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved! As always, SIGs are free for members to join.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Study clues to aging bone loss
Medical Xpress
In Canada, bone fractures due to osteoporosis affect one in three women and one in five men over their lifetimes, costing the health care system more than $2.3 billion a year. But despite the high incidence of this devastating disease, scientists know little about its causes and why the disease disproportionately affects women. At the University of Saskatchewan, a team led by Canada research chair David Cooper aims to better understand how bones age and what differences exist between the sexes.
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Should passive physical agents be eliminated under new APTA guidelines?
By Heidi Dawson
New guidelines for physical therapists and their patients were published recently under the "Choosing Wisely" campaign in partnership with the American Physical Therapy Association. The campaign aims to spark conversations between therapists and their patients by providing public guidelines for treatment protocols. The point that seems to have had the biggest response from therapists, and some patients, is the first on the list: "Don't employ passive physical agents except when necessary to facilitate participation in an active treatment program."
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More studies needed on exercise programs for limb amputation patients
PT in Motion
There is a need for more definitive and rigorous studies, say researchers, but a new systematic review of the effects of exercise programs on gait performance in people with lower limb amputations points to some positive connections — even if specifics were hard to come by. The review, published in the Sept. 28 issue of Prosthetics and Orthotics International, found 623 article citations for studies of gait among people with lower limb amputations and eventually whittled acceptable research down to eight studies involving 199 participants.
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Breakthrough could prevent hip implant replacement
Medical Xpress
Hip implants rely on the normal functioning of bone cells to achieve fixation of the implant with the bone. However, small metal particles released from hip implants, due to friction between the moving surfaces, have been shown to be toxic to the surrounding bone cells. This causes the implant to loosen in the bone and often leads to patients requiring second surgery to replace the failed implant.
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Higher stress, depression can increase stroke risk in older adults
Physical Therapy Products
New research reveals that higher levels of stress, hostility and depression are linked with a significantly higher risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack in middle-aged and older adults. The research team investigated how psychological factors may influence the risk for chronic disease using data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.
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Advancement in ultrasound allows for assessment of soft-tissue injury
Physical Therapy Products
A new method of ultrasound is being developed to examine soft tissue, including tendons and ligaments. Dr. Ray Vanderby of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is commercializing an ultrasound technique that can analyze the condition of soft tissue.
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Adults over 45 fall short on muscle strengthening
HealthDay News via WebMD
Although there is mounting evidence that muscle-strength training provides key health benefits, most middle-aged and older adults in the U.S. don't engage in this type of exercise, according to new research. Less than one-quarter of adults over 45 meet the muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services, the study found.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Choosing wisely: APTA releases list of procedures that PTs and patients should question (APTA)
New guidelines address hip fractures in older adults (Medscape)
HPW SIG Sept. 24 webinar: Annual PT exam for older community-dwelling adults (AGPT)
Advanced cancer patients can benefit from rehab program with exercise (Physical Therapy Products)

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