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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
Marcia B. Smith Catherine Worthington Fellow
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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We would like your feedback on GeriNotes!
The Academy is seeking member feedback on GeriNotes. Please use the link below to let us know how we are doing by completing the survey by April 30. Thank you!
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New geriatric residency program receives accreditation
National HealthCare Corporation (NHC) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, recently successfully achieved accreditation as a Geriatric Residency program. The program is credentialed through April 30, 2025. Please join us in congratulating AGPT Member Linda Bloodworth, PT, MS, GCS for this excellent achievement.
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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.

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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NEXT 2015 AGPT Programming
Check out the many sessions at NEXT that focus on the older adult and presented by many of our members. These include: "Motivational Considerations with the Older Adult Create Dilemmas and Opportunities"; "Unique Musculoskeletal System Considerations for the Older Adult" and "Age Tells us Nothing About Mobility and Fitness for the Older Adult" all on Thursday. On Friday check out "PT Role in Chronic Disease Management"; "Emerging Issues in Medicare and the Health Care Landscape"; "Tangles: An Interactive and Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Working with Persons with Dementia" and "It's Not Just G-Codes! Measuring Patient Outcomes to Guide Intervention" and more! While you are at NEXT, don't forget to come by the AGPT booth in the exhibit hall. Volunteer sign up will be available soon.

To register, please go here.

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Peer-review scandals shake up scholarly journal community
By Cait Harrison
Call it a new form of academic cheating. Peer reviews for scholarly journals have come under the spotlight lately — and the future isn't looking so bright. U.K.-based publisher BioMed Central recently retracted 43 scientific and medical articles because of peer reviews written by people who forged scientists' names. These instances of research fraud are rare, but they're becoming more common with an increase in technology as well as pressure on scholars to get published. What can journals do to prevent the chance of something like this happening again?
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ACL surgery may help improve physical function at least 6 years post-op
Physical Therapy Products
A new study suggests that patients undergoing surgery to repair and rebuild an anterior cruciate ligament tear exhibited significant improvement in physical function at two years, which continued for at least six years post-surgery.The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that younger patient age, lower body mass index and having the remnants of the torn ACL completely excised during surgery were among the strongest predictors of positive, long-term outcome.
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Strength training still advisable in older age
Medical Xpress
In Austria, around 10 percent of over-65-year-olds are frail, while a further 40 percent are in a preliminary stage of frailty. The Healthy For Life project aims to raise fitness levels and quality of life for older people whose nutritional condition is inadequate. The first results show that regular strength training is particularly beneficial for increasing hand strength, and thus enabling people to live independently.
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Early guideline-based PT results in savings for patients with LBP
PT in Motion
For patients with a first episode of low back pain, getting to physical therapy early — and receiving evidence-based interventions — are the keys to significantly reduced healthcare costs compared with delaying physical therapy or receiving "non-adherent" physical therapy treatments, according to a new study that analyzed health records of members of the U.S. military.
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Which home adaptive equipment is right for your patients?
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
What therapist has not witnessed a patient struggle with the issue of when to acquire adaptive equipment? Who hasn't cringed at a patient's premature purchase of a lift chair? Getting a lift chair before it's needed minimizes the use of muscles, and is a common example of a poor adaptive aid purchase. Do power-driven adaptive aids (lifts, openers, etc.) really help if they decrease or remove the need for patients to continue to use an existing motor skill or maintain strength needed for the future?
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Less than recommended physical activity may still lengthen life
Staying active, even only slightly, confers major longevity benefits, researchers say. During many years of follow-up, people who did less than the minimum recommended amount of physical activity still had a considerable decrease in risk of death compared to people who did no activity at all, in a new analysis of six studies.
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Study: Blend of mental practice and PT effective as stroke treatment
Physical Therapy Products
Blending mental practice with physical therapy can be an effective treatment for individuals recovering from stroke, according to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. The findings investigate how the brains of stroke patients change after treatment. The study encompassed a total of 17 young, healthy controls and 13 aged stroke survivors.
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Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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