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GCS examination update
Friendly reminder from the AGPT Practice Committee for those who are planning to take the Geriatric Certification Examination in March 2015. The application deadlines are July 31 for certification and Aug. 31 for reapplication. Please visit for application procedures. More information on exam preparation can be found on the academy's website through this link:

A GCS Resource list that is updated annually is also available at
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New AGPT SIG forming!
The formation of the Cognitive and Mental Health SIG was recently approved by the AGPT Board of Directors. The SIG which will have its first official meeting at CSM 2015 will disseminate info on cognitive-based conditions affecting our geriatric patients (e.g. depression, delirium, developmental delays, mental illnesses, brain injuries, etc). As always, AGPT SIGs are free to join as a member benefit. Watch for more details coming soon on how to join. To join our other SIGs, please visit
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AGPT Topics No. 3 and 4 discounted!
Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 4 - SPECIAL: Now HALF PRICE! $100 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 - SPECIAL: Now 75 percent OFF! $50 for members while supplies last

Description: 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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  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.


Vitamin D with calcium may prevent bone fractures in seniors
Physical Therapy Products
According to an updated review from The Cochrane Library, a daily supplement of vitamin D with calcium can provide some protection against the risk of common bone fractures. Cochrane reviewers evaluated 53 studies with 91,791 participants to determine whether supplements with vitamin D alone or with additional calcium offered the best protection against fractures.
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10 ways physical therapists can maximize billing
By Brooke Andrus
In a perfect world, physical therapists wouldn't have to deal with billing. They'd simply treat, heal and magically receive payment for their services. But we don’t live in that fantasy world, and unfortunately, the billing process is anything but magical. If you're a PT, submitting claims comes with the territory. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to optimize your billing process to give yourself more revenue — and fewer headaches.
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Fitness may help older men with high blood pressure live longer
HealthDay News Via Yahoo Health
Getting more fit might reduce the risk of death for elderly men with high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Compared to the least-fit men, those who had the highest levels of fitness had nearly half the risk of death. For men in the low-fitness category, the risk of dying was 18 percent lower. And, men in the moderate-fitness category had a 36 percent lower death risk, according to the study.
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Source of rise in physical therapy self-referrals unclear, report says
The number of physical therapy services provided to Medicare beneficiaries increased nearly 30 percent from 2004 through 2010, but the source of the increase is open to debate, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
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Specialized locomotor training helps patients enhance their mobility
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
For many people who have suffered a spinal cord injury, regaining independence and mobility used to be a pipe dream. Through the efforts of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, with the cooperation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that dream has become a reality for a subset of determined patients.
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Fibromyalgia symptoms may be reduced with whole-body vibration exercise
Medical Daily
Sufferers of the debilitating disorder fibromyalgia syndrome may find symptom relief in a form of therapy known as whole-body vibration exercise, a new study reports. While the research on vibration exercise for treating FMS has been mostly spotty until now, a team of scientists from Indiana University have performed a pilot study that, they believe, holds interesting promise for future investigation. The therapy could help patients break the vicious cycle of avoiding exercise to avoid pain, only to gain weight and suffer more.
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How physical therapists can avoid back injury at work
It's not just patients who are suffering from back pain. Healthcare providers such as physical therapists and nurses are also at high risk for serious back injuries. These are the cause of a lot of lost work days. An estimated 186 million work days are lost each year to back pain alone, according to a 2009 article published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
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