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Section on Geriatrics elections open through Oct. 31
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SOG needs all PTs and PTAs to vote to ensure a valid election. Voting online is easy — please visit http://www.geriatricspt.org/elections/.

Those elected will take office at CSM in February of 2014.



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Watch for details on the all new 2014 Section on Geriatrics calendar!
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Twelve months of bone health tips on exercise, posture, nutrition and more. Watch your email and the website for ordering details soon!
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CSM will be here before we know it!
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Several Section events for CSM have been posted on the SOG website calendar. Watch for further details and information on signing up to volunteer at the Section booth at the CSM Exhibit hall as we get closer to February. Registration and housing are now open at http://www.apta.org/CSM/.
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Nominate your peers for a Section award — deadline is fast approaching
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• Student Research Award
• Clinical Educator Award
• Excellence in Geriatric Research 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 February 2014. For additional information on the criteria and selection process for section awards, please visit the Section on Geriatrics website at http://www.geriatricspt.org/awards/awards.cfm or email karen.curran@geriatricspt.org.

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Nominate your peers for a Section Research Award
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The Section on Geriatrics Adopt-A-Doc program seeks to recognize outstanding doctoral students committed to geriatric physical therapy. The purpose of the Section on Geriatrics Adopt-A-Doc program is to provide support to doctoral students interested in pursuing faculty positions in physical therapy education. The Adopt-A-Doc program is to facilitate the completion of the doctoral degree within an area of study relevant to geriatric physical therapy. Adopt-A-Doc award is to be given yearly. It will include:
  • Resource person (mentor) from the Board of Directors.
  • Up to $5,000 award to offset tuition or doctoral research costs. (Check presented at CSM meeting.)
  • A certificate presentation to awardee.
  • The individual (awardee) must submit a progress report at the end of the fiscal year (Dec. 30). Progress report to include research progress and budget expenses.
For full details, visit http://www.geriatricspt.org/awards/adopt.cfm.

The Fellowship for Geriatric Research is intended to provide partial financial support to physical therapists pursuing research in geriatrics. The research may be conducted as part of either a formal post-entry level academic program or a mentorship with an established investigator. A single award of up to $1,000 will be announced annually at the Awards Ceremony following the Member Meeting during the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Find more info here: http://www.geriatricspt.org/awards/fgr.cfm.

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

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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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INDUSTRY NEWS


The Otago Exercise Program reduces falls among older adults
HealthCanal.com
Two years ago, the Carolina Geriatric Education Center at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine began training physical therapists to use the Otago Exercise Program, an evidence-based intervention program proven to reduce falls among older adults. The reactions from physical therapists and patients have been overwhelmingly positive.
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Falls tied to post-op complications in older people
Reuters
The number of falls older people take before surgery may help predict their health during recovery, says a new study. Researchers found that older people who reported falling during the six months before heart or bowel surgery had more complications than people who reported no falls.
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Looking to share your expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the SOG Newsbrief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SOG, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Knee arthritis improved by combined diet and exercise
Medical News Today
Overweight and obese adults suffering from knee osteoarthritis may benefit more from combined intensive diet and exercise regimes, rather than undertaking diet or exercise regimes separately, according to a study published in JAMA.
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5 best practices for referral marketing
By Brooke Andrus
Marketing rehab therapy to consumers is an important piece of the marketing puzzle — especially in a world dominated by search engines and social media. But we'd be remiss to skip over another key method of generating more business for your practice: referral marketing. To significantly boost the number of referrals you receive, you've got to be proactive. So, here's a rundown of some referral marketing best practices to help drive more patients through your front door.
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Study: Bone mineral density retest lacks value
Today in PT
A second bone mineral density screening four years after a baseline measurement provided little additional value when assessing risk for hip or other major fracture among older men and women untreated for osteoporosis, according to a recent study.
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