AGPT NewsBrief
Feb. 19, 2015

'Academy' Award winners recognized at CSM
AGPT
Please join us in congratulating the 2015 Academy Award Winners who were honored last week at CSM in Indianapolis. Look for photos from the ceremony in the May issue of GeriNotes. Thanks to all winners for all the work they do on behalf of the academy!

2015 Joan M. Mills Award — Richard Bohannon, DPT, EdD, NCS, FAPTA
2015 President's Award — Jessie VanSwearingen, PhD, PT, FAPTA and Myles Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, NCS, CEEAA
2015 Distinguished Educator Award — Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS
2015 Excellence in Geriatric Research Award — Dawn Venema, PT, PhD
2015 Adopt-A-Doc Award - Andrew Kittelson, PT, DPT and Jennifer Vincenzo, PT, MPH, GCS
2015 Student Award for Geriatric Research — Katie Fandrey, SPT and Troy Goetsch, SPT
2015 Fellowship for Geriatric Research — Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA
2015 Clinical Excellence in Geriatrics Award — William Anderson, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA More

Student Advocacy Award
AGPT
Purpose: To provide the means for two AGPT student members the opportunity to engage in advocacy efforts of the profession at a national level with the intention that this exposure will engage students in similar efforts after graduation and to promote the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and encourage active engagement in the Academy activities as a student and new graduate.

Eligibility: Any student enrolled in a DPT or PTA program at the time of the application may be nominated. Students must have completed at least two semesters of the physical therapy program. The nominee must be members of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Criteria for selection: Candidates must be in good standing within the academic program and have an understanding of the APTA's national legislative and regulatory efforts that impact the physical therapy profession. The student must have experience in advocacy efforts and professional involvement at the chapter level that can demonstrate a contribution to the physical therapy profession. More

CEEAA registration now available in St. Louis
AGPT
All PTs with the CEEAA credential will demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in (1) designing and applying an effective examination and exercise prescription and (2) measuring the effectiveness and reflecting the current evidence of exercise for all aging adults. The process to attain the credential of "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" is to complete formal didactic education, and to participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection and critical thinking. Three courses of two days each will address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery. The three courses are designed to build on each other; however, Courses 1 and 2 can be taken out of sequence.

Missouri dates are as follows:

Course 1: May 30-31
Course 2: July 18-19
Course 3: Oct. 24-25
All courses will be held at Saint Louis University.

For registration and more information, please visit go here.More

Fluorescent probe may help detect, monitor osteoarthritis
Physical Therapy Products
Research findings indicate that a florescent probe may ease the diagnosis and monitoring of osteoarthritis. In a new study, a fluorescent probe tracked the development of OA in male mice, brightening as the disease progressed. The "probe" was a fluorescent molecule that detected the activity leading to cartilage loss in the joint.More

A free marketing technique that helped get my practice going strong
By Jarod Carter
When my PT practice was just a couple weeks old, the few patients I was seeing each week were not enough to pay the bills. I had to act fast to fill my schedule, and I did so through a variety of marketing techniques. I'm in full support of those who want to add non-PT services like personal training, yoga and Pilates to their practice, but this was not something I wanted to do early on. So if I wasn't going to hire these professionals as employees/contractors, I should at least get them to send me patients, right?More

Tennis elbow incidence rates show 'significant' decline since 2000
PT in Motion
Authors of a new study conclude that incidence rates for new-onset tennis elbow have decreased "significantly" since 2000, while the use of surgery continues to rise. What's harder to pinpoint is exactly why the numbers look the way they do. In what its authors believe is the first-ever study to describe the incidence and natural history of lateral elbow tendinosis, researchers closely examined medical records of 5,867 patients in a single Minnesota county for incidence and surgery rates between 2000 and 2012.More

Predicting disability and death after the ICU
Medical Xpress
A growing number of older adults are surviving visits to hospital intensive care units, but many emerge with disabilities such as impaired walking and poor overall function. A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows that the level of disability the year before an ICU visit can predict post-ICU disability and death. The results appear in the Feb. 9 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.More

Task-oriented stroke rehab returns function to compromised limbs
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Living with just one hand in a two-handed world is not easy. We routinely use both our hands throughout the day to complete a variety of tasks, sometimes alternating hands or using both hands together. Stroke survivors with persistent loss of upper extremity function may have difficulty completing tasks that require both hands. And because of this, clinicians continually seek easily implemented and function-based upper extremity training tools. More

Chronic fatigue syndrome gets a new name
The New York Times
The Institute of Medicine has proposed a new name and new diagnostic criteria for the condition that many still call chronic fatigue syndrome. Experts generally agree that the disease has a physical basis, but they have struggled for decades to characterize its symptoms. The new report may help improve diagnosis, but the recommendations are unlikely to end the long, contentious debate over who has the condition and what may be causing it.More

Researchers focus on injured side of brain to enhance stroke recovery
Physical Therapy Products
Researchers report that in order to maximize stroke recovery, they want to focus on additional ways to support the uninjured side of the brain. Researchers indicate that while the opposite side of the brain may not have directly experienced a stroke, its ability to help the injured side is impacted.More