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The 2014 Section on Geriatrics Calendars have arrived — orders being accepted!
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Twelve months of bone health tips on exercise, posture, nutrition and more. The Section on Geriatrics is pleased to offer members the 2014 Bone Health Calendar! Each calendar offers a variety of exercises, posture tips, weight bearing activities and nutrition ideas for older adults. Show your patients you care all year long! The Bone Health Calendars make a great gift and the more you purchase, the more you save!

Prices
1–2 calendars: $10 each and free shipping
3 calendars: $25 and free shipping
4-10 calendars: $8 each plus shipping
11-20 calendars: $7 each plus shipping
21-49 calendars: $6 each plus shipping

Please call 1-866-586-8247 to order or fax the order form found here.
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Thank you Melanie and welcome to Meri Goehring!
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The Section on Geriatrics extends its sincere appreciation to Melanie Sponholz, MSPT, GCS, CCEP, CHC, editor of GeriNotes from 2011 thru November of this year. Thank you Melanie for your dedication and professionalism!

We also welcome new editor Meri Goehring, PT, Ph.D., GCS, assistant professor, Physical Therapy Department at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. Goehring is a past member of the GeriNotes Editorial Board and is excited to bring issues that are important to our members to the pages of the publication.

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Section schedules 'Manual Physical Therapy for the Geriatric Patient' in 2014
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May 31-June 1, 2014
Kansas City, Mo.

This two day course is designed to give experienced therapists a practical approach to manual therapy interventions for the geriatric patient. The introductory lecture reviews the aging process highlighting musculoskeletal and soft tissue mechanics.

Full details can be found here.

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Time to start planning for CSM 2014 in Las Vegas!
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Find everything you need to prepare for CSM in Las Vegas in February here. While you are there, don't forget to sign up for a volunteer shift at the SOG booth at the exhibit hall. It's a great way to meet other members and all volunteers are entered into a drawing for a chance to win free SOG membership for a year!
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Get your complimentary copy of the USA Today Best Years:
Fabulous Living at 50+

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Get a complimentary edition of the USA Today Best Years: Fabulous Living at 50+ by click here.
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Wanted: New SOG state advocates!
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This program is getting rejuvenated and we are looking for volunteers who would like to be their state advocate, working at the local level to advocate for older adults. Some of the responsibilities of an advocate are:
  1. Provide two-way communication between SoG and the chapter.
  2. Communicate with SoG members in your state when there are geriatric-related issues, courses, meetings, etc. in your chapter
  3. Hold at least two activities each year to promote increased awareness and knowledge of PT for the older adult in your chapter. Examples:
    • The Section can send a booth, promotional materials, and raffle items to you for display at your chapter meeting.
    • Facilitate one of your chapter’s courses (at a meeting, regionally, etc) to be a geriatric topic.
    • Organize a study group for the GCS exam.
    • Hold an awareness/consumer education event at a LTC facility, senior center, mall, etc. Could be osteoporosis seminar, balance and falls awareness fair, exercise for Seniors event, etc. (Support resources for these types of events available through the Section)
    • Contact three community health fairs that are already occurring, and get a local PT to attend and participate.
    • Through personal contact, get 20 people who would identify as having a Geriatric practice focus to sign up for APTA’s “Find a PT” database.
    • In concert with your chapter, hold a fitness screening for older adults
    • Develop a relationship with a state agency that handles elder issues
    • Start a Geriatric Special Interest Group within your chapter, if it doesn’t already exist (counts as two activities!)
    • Come up with your own ideas to promote PT for the older adult in your state!
If you are interested and would like more info, please contact the SOG Advocate Coordinator Beth Black, PT, GCS, at bblackpt@gmail.com .

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INDUSTRY NEWS


5 things to consider to improve patient compliance
PutMeBackTogether.com
Erson Religioso, III writes, "Yes, I still call it patient compliance because I do not think there is a negative connotation to it. Whatever you call it though, it is paramount that your patient has it if they want to get better and stay better. Without further ado, here are five things to consider to improve patient compliance."
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Why your EMR should tailor to physical therapy, not meaningful use
By Brooke Andrus
If you're in the market for an electronic medical record program, you already know there are tons of options out there. And as a savvy shopper, you're probably trying to whittle down your list of "maybes" to a few "very likely" candidates before you have to make a final decision. With features galore, it might be tough to figure out which ones will be most beneficial to you and your practice. And on top of that, some EMRs are certified for a particular purpose, such as meaningful use.
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CMS issues final 2014 physician fee schedule rule
PT in Motion
The final 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sets the therapy cap amount on outpatient services at $1,920. In addition, the rule announces a 20.1 percent reduction in Medicare payment rates for physical therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals — a cut linked to the flawed sustainable growth rate formula being discussed in Congress. The new rule also updates payment amounts for physical therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals, makes changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System and revises other payment policies.
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Aquatic therapy relieves the pain associated with lymphedema
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Fla., prides itself on its lymphedema program. The physical therapy team there is taking rehab to the next level by bringing patients into the pool. Aquatic therapy is a natural fit for lymphedema patients. As Kelly Raymond explained, "If you have the luxury of having a pool it's really going to benefit the patient. Water is exceptionally successful because it provides natural cushion to support the body." The hydrostatic pressure provided by the water provides weight relief and gentle pressure on all sides of the body. Natural compressive forces are helpful in reducing swelling.
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New app offers individualized physical therapy
Dallas Business Journal
VideoBrief A new app has hit the market and intends to revolutionize the world of physical therapy. The app — PT Pal — stores, schedules and tracks patients' individualized physical therapy exercises in a way that is intuitive and also tracks compliance with physicians', chiropractors' and other healthcare providers' orders or recommendations. The app offers pictures, diagrams and audio/video to help physical therapy participants get the exercises right.
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