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PT2013 is quickly approaching — SOG booth volunteers needed!
Assisting with the Geriatrics Section booth is a great way to volunteer and meet other therapists in your field, plus all volunteers are entered into a drawing for a free one year Section on Geriatrics membership! If you are interested in staffing the booth, please click the link below to sign up!
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Section on Geriatrics members recognized
The following Section on Geriatrics members have been selected by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Board of Directors to receive the following awards from APTA's 2013 Honors and Awards Program:

Michelle M. Lusardi, PT, DPT, PhD: Lucy Blair Service Award
David A. Pariser, PT, PhD: * Lucy Blair Service Award
Victoria S T Tilley, PT, GCS: Lucy Blair Service Award
Sandra B. Davis, PT: Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award
Anne L. Harrison, PT, PhD: Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching
Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley, PT, MPT, PhD: Jack Walker Award
Debora A. Lasure, SPTA: Mary McMillan Scholarship Award, Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program

* Awarded posthumously
Congratulations to all honorees! They will be recognized at APTA's Honors and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 27 from 6-7 p.m. at APTA
Conference and Exposition in Salt Lake City.

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The popular CEEAA Course Series is coming to Cherry Hill, N.J., and Milwaukee, Wis., in 2014!
Evidence for the benefits of effective exercise programs for the full spectrum of aging adults is overwhelmingly positive. The unique role of the physical therapist in providing these programs is unequivocal. Further education can enhance the ability of physical therapists to incorporate evidence into practice in order to appropriately examine and provide the quality of exercise that will yield optimal benefits for the aging adult. The Section on Geriatrics, in adopting the position that physical therapists should be the exercise experts for aging adults, will be a leader in providing physical therapists with a mechanism to develop and demonstrate expertise in the design and delivery of effective exercise programs for aging adults.

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.

Cherry Hill, N.J., dates are as follows: Course 1: June 21-22, 2014
Course 2: July 19-20, 2014
Course 3: September 20-21, 2014
All courses will be held at the Fox Education Center in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Milwaukee, Wis., dates are as follows:
Course 1: July 12-13, 2014
Course 2: August 16-17, 2014
Course 3: October 11-12, 2014
All courses will be held at Marquette University in Milwaukee

For registration information, please visit

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MAY WE?????
The Section on Geriatrics Committee would like to know what you did in recognition of the following National Observances in May:
  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day (May 29)
  • National Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
Please share with us and your colleagues what you have done as well as any resources for education you used. Send information to Thanks! Karleen Cordeau, PT, SOG PR Chair

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Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 Update
Good News! We are extending the deadline to receive contact hours until June 30, 2013. 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?

Educational Credit: 30 contact hours

Topics & Authors:
  • Physical Therapy Applications for Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers- Cheryl LaFollette Anderson, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS
  • Bariatric Geriatrics: Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults who are Obese- Michael L. Puthoff, PT, PhD
  • Fall Prevention-Celinda P. Evitt, PT, PhD, GCS
  • Health Promotions in Geriatric Care: The Collaboration Between Physical Therapy and Public Health-Kathryn K. Brewer, PT, GCS, MEd
  • Exercise Prescription for Older Adults-Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD and Patrick VanBeveren, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, CSCS
  • Successful Aging: Biopsychosocial and Environmental Implications for Physical Therapist Practice-Mary Thompson, PT, PhD, GCS Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this home study course the participant will be able to:
  1. Understand the role of the physical therapist when treating the older driver.
  2. Evaluate and formulate treatment strategies including equipment needs for older adults who are obese.
  3. Provide evidence-based falls prevention strategies.
  4. Define the role of physical therapy in public health.
  5. Prescribe exercise to the older adult using evidence-based guiding principles.
  6. Define successful aging and incorporate this definition into physical therapist practice.
To order, please visit the Section Store at

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Baby boomers' aging adds strain to physician shortage
Medill Reports
As aging baby boomers propel the population of older Americans toward doubling by 2050, their prospects for adequate medical care are dwindling. All current demographic and physician trends are bleak, but some proposed solutions could alleviate the problem. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 40.3 million people age 65 or older in 2010, and by 2050 there will be up to 88.5 million. About 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, according to the John A. Hartford Foundation, a non\profit focused on senior care.
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Don't blame the IT band
By Heidi Mills
The IT, or iliotibial band, has developed a pretty bad reputation over the years. This long, thick band of fascia is implicated due to its involvement in the incriminatingly titled, IT band syndrome. This is a condition prevalent in runners and cyclists where pain develops on the lateral knee and is often termed "runner's knee." It is frequently quoted by athletic trainers and physical therapists as being due to a "tight" IT band. But is it really all the fault of the IT band? Or is the IT band simply the scapegoat for problems further along the chain?
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An interview with the most powerful woman in healthcare
Judy Faulkner is the founder and chief executive officer of Epic Systems, a privately-held $1.5 billion company that sells electronic health records — a position that makes her one of the few self-made women on the Forbes billionaires list. Because Epic shuns publicity and press releases, it is perceived as aloof; and criticism leveled at Epic regarding its business strategy is rarely challenged by the company. In a phone interview from Epic's seat in Verona, Wis., Faulkner acknowledged that.
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Proposed legislation seeks to advance rehabilitation research
PT in Motion
Proposed federal legislation would help advance rehabilitation research within the National Institutes of Health. Bill S. 1027, introduced by Sens. Mark Kirk and Tim Johnson, calls for a working group comprising various NIH institutes and centers to update and streamline NIH's rehabilitation research priorities.
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Using avatars to improve physical therapy adherence
MedCity News
A lot of companies have championed the benefits of devices like Fitbit to help engage patients in their healthcare and track their progress in a trend that's referred to as the quantified self. Instead of apps, Respondesign wants to improve adherence for physical therapy through an interactive remote-monitoring platform using Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensor technology and avatars that serve as personal fitness coaches. 
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