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Call for reviewers
Seeking physical therapists to review articles for Physical Therapy Management of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: An Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Your role: Participate in training on critical appraisal of research articles and review articles Summer 2015 — Winter 2015-2016.

You receive: Acknowledgement in the Clinical Practice Guideline.

If you are interested please email the lead author Timothy Hanke PT, PhD at

On behalf of the Falls Guideline Development Group: Leslie Allison PT, PhD, Keith Avin PT, PhD, Timothy Hanke PT, PhD, Neva Kirk-Sanchez PT, PhD, Christine McDonough PT, PhD, thank you!
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AGPT members: Sign up and receive updates for our newest SIGs!
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.

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.

As always, SIGs are free for members to join.

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  Get Your Patients Stronger, Faster

Eccentric exercise - requiring less energy and less oxygen than traditional concentric exercise - is ideal for the aging population. Help your clients get stronger sooner, improve balance, improve stair descent, and decrease fall risk - with high volume eccentrics. Clients love Eccentron's fun, game-like experience, and stay motivated to make continuing strengthening progress.

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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Keeping elderly patients independent following recovery from stroke
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Lora S. Backes writes: I am happy to report that as of this writing, both of my parents are still living independently and are coping as well as possible at their home of 35 years. As my spouse and siblings are an integral part of this effort, we brainstormed some suggestions for other families who may be going through a similar recovery with their aging parents. Here is what we as a family have learned along the way.
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Looking to get published this year?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the AGPT NewsBrief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AGPT, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! 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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Vitamin D may help prevent and treat diseases associated with aging
Medical Xpress
Vitamin D may play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of diseases associated with aging, according to researchers. These findings were published in the latest issue of the Journal of Aging and Gerontology. Researchers reviewed evidence that suggests an association between vitamin D deficiency and chronic diseases associated with aging such as cognitive decline, depression, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.
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Networking: The importance of the follow-up
By Jarod Carter
My previous article covered my general approach to networking and the methods I use at networking events. Again, networking was absolutely vital in getting my cash practice going strong quickly. And something that works well enough to get people to go out of network for physical therapy will usually work even better for a traditional insurance-based practice. No matter how good you are in networking situations, if you aren't also good about consistently following up with the contacts you make, your overall efforts will be much less fruitful than they could have been.
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Study: Physical activity may protect older people from brain damage
Medical News Today
Although people may find it more difficult to keep active as they get older, researchers may have found another good reason for them to do so. A new study suggests that older people who are physically active could be protecting themselves from the effects of brain damage on motor function. The authors believe their findings emphasize the importance of a more active lifestyle "in protecting motor function from the adverse neurobiological effects of aging." The study was published online in Neurology.
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Median PT earnings nearly $10,000 lower for women than men in 2013
PT in Motion
Women may make up 64 percent of the physical therapist workforce, but in 2013, they earned about 88 percent of what male PTs made, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report tracks employment and earnings data across professions, and divides them in to major sectors. The PT pay disparities are above the average for healthcare professions in general, which combined showed that women make about 70.3 percent of what is paid to men.
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Research aims to pinpoint patients facing risk for continued pain
Physical Therapy Products
When working to pinpoint which patients may experience long-lasting pain after orthopedic shoulder surgery, study results suggest cognitive coping style and genetic predisposition to pain sensitivity may play a bigger role than size or intensity of the operation. The findings stem from a University of Florida study and appear in a recent issue of the journal PAIN.
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Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Student Advocacy Award (AGPT)
Building a model for lifelong fitness (Physical Therapy Products)
A look into caregiver and patient expectations after a family member's stroke (Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine)
Treadmill performance predicts mortality (Medical Xpress)

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