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Student Advocacy Award
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.
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CEEAA registration now available in St. Louis
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.

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Annual PT Exam for older community-dwelling adults: Recorded webinar now available for sale
This webinar will focus on key aspects of utilizing an Annual PT Exam for older community dwelling adults and developing an evidence-based exercise plan designed to change disease trajectory. Case studies will illustrate data application and program development principles. Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify a target older adult audience for an Annual PT Exam and utilize evidence-based selection criteria to support execution of the exam
  • Distinguish between recommended and required data elements of an Annual PT Exam considering time efficiency and ability to modify for individual client needs
  • Filter exam data into a primary exercise category and develop an evidence-based exercise prescription for improving client health and function
About the Speaker: Jennifer M. Gamboa, DPT, OCS, MTC is the President/Director of Clinical Services at Body Dynamics, Inc., Physical Therapy and Wellness Center.

To purchase, please go here.

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Seniors increasingly want home healthcare tech
Modern Healthcare
Think seniors can't handle technology when it comes to their healthcare? Think again. Results of a new Accenture study indicate just the opposite. Indeed, 67 percent of seniors want to access healthcare services from home. But they worry the technology won't be up to snuff.
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A look into caregiver and patient expectations after a family member's stroke
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Lora. S. Backes writes: My parents qualify as "octogenarians." My father is 88 and my mother is 84. He has survived two heart attacks and two strokes, and is on his second pacemaker. My mother has been his primary caregiver through all of these illnesses. The bulk of the household tasks now fall on my mother, but my father continues to try to help in whatever way he can. The last stroke left him with overall weakness in his lower extremities and he uses a walker to get around the house.
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Networking: A key component to referral diversification
By Jarod Carter
My efforts at networking events early after starting my cash practice played a big role in quickly filling my clinical schedule. It also has a lot to do with why my referral sources are so diverse. I can't stand hearing about colleagues who went out of business because they relied heavily on a physician who started a POPTS or sold their practice to a hospital/corporation with PT services. If you have a practice, or plan to have one in the future, there's no excuse for this.
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Study singles out cerebral blood flow as biomarker for concussion
Physical Therapy Products
Recent research indicates that cerebral blood flow recovery in the brain may serve as a biomarker of outcomes in patients post-concussion. The study appears online in JAMA Neurology. The study's background singles out reduced cerebral blood flow as a marker of concussion severity in animal models, according to the JAMA Network Journals.
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Treadmill performance predicts mortality
Medical Xpress
Analyzing data from 58,000 heart stress tests, Johns Hopkins cardiologists report they have developed a formula that estimates one's risk of dying over a decade based on a person's ability to exercise on a treadmill at an increasing speed and incline.
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Building a model for lifelong fitness
Physical Therapy Products
Like many rehabilitation hospitals, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has recognized the frequent situations in which health insurance limits physical therapy and can leave patients with few options. Initially, a "pay-for-use" program was developed to allow patients to continue to work out at the rehabilitation fitness facility when their insurance reached maximum benefit, maintain their progress and avoid regression.
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    Chronic fatigue syndrome gets a new name (The New York Times)
A free marketing technique that helped get my practice going strong (By Jarod Carter)
Task-oriented stroke rehab returns function to compromised limbs (Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine)
Researchers focus on injured side of brain to enhance stroke recovery (Physical Therapy Products)

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