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Academy announces grant for member involved with PD treatment
The AGPT recently received a generous memorial donation from a family in Pennsylvania. The family is requesting the funds be used by an AGPT member working on a project dealing with Parkinson's disease. The Academy will match the funds making a total of $1,000 available. If you meet the criteria, please submit a one-page summary of your research/project and current IRB (IRB Institution(s) of record, study number and approval and expiration dates) to be considered. Please submit to by April 24.
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AGPT members recognized by APTA
Please join us in congratulating the following AGPT members who are APTA 2015 Honors and Awards recipients:

Name Award
Maura Daly Iverson Catherine Worthington Fellow
Timothy L Kauffman Catherine Worthington Fellow
Laurie B Kontney Lucy Blair Service Award
Courtney Carpenter Watts Mary McMillan Scholarship Award
Brittney N. Sellers Minority Scholarship Award

Each year APTA honors outstanding achievements on the part of its members in the areas of overall accomplishment, education, practice and service, publications, research and academic excellence. Recognition for these deserving individuals will take place during the Honors and Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, June 4, during the NEXT Conference and Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland.

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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.

AGPT topic Nos. 3 and 4 discounted even more!
Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 4 — SPECIAL: Now 75 percent OFF — $50 for members
The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy if pleased to present Volume 4 of the Geriatric Home Study Course. Course topics have been complied based upon readers' interest and feedback. In addition to this, the series is the first to focus on women's health as it pertains to the older adult. The authors in this series have linked theory to practice across the spectrum of care and provide practical insights through case studies. Please note there are no CEUs available for this edition.

Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 — BLOWOUT SPECIAL: $25 for members while supplies last
Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 will offer the course participant an increased depth of knowledge across several practice dimensions. The course begins with two niche practice areas — working with older adult drivers and older adults who are obese. Readers will understand how physical therapists can have a role in working with older adult drivers, even if we don't work in a setting with special equipment to specifically rehabilitate driving skills. Readers also will be introduced to the growing area of bariatrics across the healthcare continuum. In addition, there is an update on the role of the physical therapist in prevention of falls; what the latest research tells us and how we, as physical therapists, work with other team members. Readers also will gain insight into how physical therapists are successfully integrating public health in everyday practice and what physical therapists can offer in the public health arena. In the final two monographs, the reader will come away with a sound foundation to prescribe exercise for older adults and integrate the definition of "successful aging" into their practice. What does that mean for you and your practice area? Please note there are no CEUs available for this edition.

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Submit a physical therapy patient story
AGPT and APTA are seeking current or former physical therapy patients and clients who are willing to share their stories about how physical therapy transformed their lives. If you know of an inspirational story, email us at with:
  • Basic details of the patient/client's condition and age during treatment

  • A brief description of the patient/client's story (their condition before physical therapy and afterward) and treatment experience

  • The name and location (city and state) of the clinic where the client/patient received treatment
Please do not include in the email the patient/client's name or any other identifiable information that would violate HIPAA's patient privacy protections when submitting a story on behalf of a patient/client.

Those selected to participate will be contacted within two weeks of their submission. Selected stories may be shared in several ways, including but not limited to webpages at, social media graphics, podcasts and/or videos. Contact with any questions or concerns.

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A cool trick for your business cards and marketing materials
By Jarod Carter
I recently did some treatment trade with a graphic designer, and one of the things she suggested for my marketing materials was quite interesting and not yet widely used among PTs. Have you seen those square bar codes that utilize a lot of little squares rather than all vertical lines? For those of you who don’t know, they are called QR codes, and people scan them with their smartphones. QR codes can cause a few different things to happen, but I'll just explain the two I feel are most applicable to us private practice owners.
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Musical glove helps stroke patients use their hands again
There are many treatments that help stroke patients recover lost abilities. But the problem, says Nizan Friedman, founder of Flint Rehabilitation Devices, is that too few patients keep up with their therapy after leaving the hospital. Friedman hopes to change that with MusicGlove, a wearable computing device designed to help patients improve their fine motor skills.
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Aging today is better than it's ever been, study says
Medical Daily
If you look at a long enough timeline, getting older is now an exercise in getting younger. According to new research from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the people who turn 75 this year will, on the whole, be more intelligent, physically fit and happier than the people who turned 75 roughly two decades ago.
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MRI costs more than physical therapy for low back pain
The Washington Post
Your back hurts (join the club) and you go to see your primary care physician. Most of the time, your doctor will tell you to rest, maybe take some ibuprofen or ice the affected area. But when researchers looked at 841 people who needed additional care, they found that the ones sent first for MRIs were more likely to have surgery or injections, see a specialist or visit an emergency room than those who were first sent to physical therapists. And they (or their insurance companies) paid an average of $4,793 more.
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Risk score designed to predict heart disease, stroke in adults 40 and over
Physical Therapy Products
A new risk score is intended to help predict the 10-year risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke in individuals aged 40 years or older in any world country, according to a study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. During the study, researchers developed, validated and evaluated the new score, known as Globorisk, using data from eight cohort studies, including more than 50,000 participants.
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Rethinking employee retention: Hiring and keeping older workers
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Baby boomers make up about one-third of the U.S. workforce and for the first time in several generations, there are not enough younger workers to replace them. Key industries, especially those that rely on workers with proven performance, knowledge, skills and self-confidence, will be forced by labor shortages to rethink employee retention and how best to ensure health and safety by adjusting equipment and the work environment.
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